McLaren hire new boss as reshuffle goes on

Andreas Seidl: McLaren appoint German as new boss of Formula 1 team

Andreas Seidl: McLaren appoint German as new boss of Formula 1 team

Seidl, whose announcment comes just days after historic rivals Ferrari announced their own senior management changes, will arrive with some pedigree, having overseen Porsche's recent LMP1 successes in the World Endurance Championship and in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

McLaren decided that they needed someone to take direct operational responsibility for the F1 team under Brown and the board of directors.

Seidl has previously worked in Formula One for the Swiss-based BMW-Sauber team, where he was head of track operations until 2009.

"This is an enormous privilege and challenge, which I am ready for and committed to". His appointment is part of an extensive management shake-up which began past year.

"To have an opportunity to contribute to the McLaren legacy is extremely special and inspiring", he added.

McLaren are also competing in the Indianapolis 500 this year with double world champion Fernando Alonso, who raced for the F1 team last season, and are contemplating a world endurance championship entry.

Key will report to Seidl and head up the technical department comprising Peter Prodromou, Andrea Stella and Pat Fry. McLaren is also yet to confirm the start date of new technical chief James Key, who was signed from Toro Rosso past year - Red Bull was reluctant to release him from his contract early.

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Key will start work for McLaren this year, probably in the spring or early summer, once he has finished his "gardening leave" from former employers Toro Rosso.

Former engineering head Pat Fry has returned to McLaren, who have also appointed Brazilian former Indy 500 victor Gil de Ferran as sporting director.

McLaren's changes have been prompted by its dismal 2018 campaign.

The team says that it expects two IndyCar chassis to be delivered in late January and they will be put together in Woking.

Instead, McLaren had the second slowest vehicle on average. "I can't wait to join the team and begin working with my colleagues at McLaren, our partners at Renault and, of course, Carlos (Sainz) and Lando (Norris)".

His arrival means McLaren will have a senior manager focussed on the F1 team, allowing Brown to spend more time on the business as a whole.

The Brazilian will remain heavily involved in F1, but is also likely to be part of Alonso's bid to win the Indy 500, where the Spaniard is bidding to become only the second man in history to win motorsport's unofficial "triple crown".

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