Seidl leaves McLaren for Sauber, Stella takes his place RaceFans

Andreas Seidl has departed his role as McLaren team principal head up the Sauber Group as its new CEO.

McLaren has promoted its executive director of racing Andrea Stella in Seidl’s place.

It marks the end of a four-year spell at McLaren for Seidl, who joined at the start of 2019 after leading Porsche to success in the World Endurance Championship.

Seidl’s new role at Sauber comes after its team principal Frederic Vasseur was hired by Ferrari to replace Mattia Binotto. Sauber is the operating company behind Alfa Romeo’s F1 entry, and is now seeking a new team principal as that was one of the roles Vasseur also filled in addition to being Sauber’s managing director and CEO.

Sauber will continue to compete as Alfa Romeo for a final season in 2023. It will become Audi’s works team in 2026.

Seidl said the team has “a rich history in Formula 1 and [is] an organization I know really well from my time working and living in Hinwil for four years. I can’t wait to join the team and work with all the colleagues at the Sauber Group on the ambitious goals we have set together.”

Sauber’s appointment was praised by Audi. “We welcome our future partner’s choice,” said Audi chief technical officer Oliver Hoffmann. “Andreas Seidl has extensive experience in leadership roles across
Motorsport programs on both the manufacturer and Formula 1 team side. His track record in
motorsport is impressive.”

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown hired Seidl to reorganize the team following its unsuccessful 2018 campaign. Under his leadership they rose to third in the constructors’ standings in 2020.

The team has slipped back in recent seasons following its switch from Renault to Mercedes engines. However it ended a nine-year winless run with a one-two finish in the 2021 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. This year McLaren came fifth in the points table, and only scored one podium all season.

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“I joined McLaren in 2019 and have really enjoyed working with Zak and the team,” said Seidl.

Stella wants to take over from Seidl at McLaren

“We have achieved some good results, and I will always have fond memories, with Monza being a personal and career highlight. The team is on a great trajectory, and I would like to thank everyone for their support, trust and commitment.

“Thanks to Zak and the shareholders for their understanding of my personal decision to move on to another challenge. I wish Andrea and the team all the best for the future.”

“I’ve really enjoyed working with Andreas,” McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown added.

“He has provided great leadership for the team and has played a significant part in our F1 performance recovery plan and ongoing journey to return to the front of the grid. I thank him for the transparency throughout the process which gave us time to plan accordingly.”

McLaren now have a vacancy in the position of executive director of racing, as Stella is being promoted from that role to be team principal. He is a former Ferrari man who joined McLaren in 2015 as head of race operations, then became performance director in 2018 and executive director of racing a year later. He moves into the team principal position with immediate effect.

“I feel privileged to take on the team principal role as the next stage of being part of the McLaren F1 team,” Stella said.

“I am grateful to Zak and the shareholders for their trust in me and to all my colleagues and those who have supported me throughout my F1 career. We are realistic about the amount of work ahead of us to move back up the grid, but I am excited and encouraged that I am in this journey together with a team full of talent, experience, racing spirit and dedication.”

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