McLaren puts ex-Porsche man Seidl in charge of F1!

McLaren puts ex-Porsche man Seidl in charge of F1!

The 46-year-old has experience with Porsche's World Endurance Championship team, where he was also boss.

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A McLaren spokesman said Seidl was not a "like for like" replacement for Boullier and the changed role was reflected in the different job title.

'McLaren has the vision, leadership and experience but, most importantly, the people to return to the front, and that will be my absolute focus and mission'.

"We are delighted that Andreas is joining McLaren to lead our F1 technical and operational programme".

Seidl is the fourth new management appointment since July, with three top-level figures having left as a effect of McLaren's poor performance last season. James Key will join the team as their technical director, but will not start developing his own auto until 2020 due to his late arrival in the team.

The team's previous technical head Tim Goss was moved aside in April, after former engineering director Matt Morris resigned.

Seidl will be managing director of the F1 team, which McLaren says is the "latest step in the performance recovery plan and restructure".

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He has previous F1 experience with BMW and his appointment comes on the heels of Gil de Ferran and Andrea Stella being drafted in past year to aid McLaren's racing operations.

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

"They are working very hard for next season", he said.

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 and Lando".

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".

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

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