Mclaren team principal Andreas Seidl has left Mclaren racing for the year 2023 as he heads to Sauber handing over the reigns to Andrea Stella. McLaren have promoted from within by handing Executive Director of Racing Andrea Stella the role of Team Principal for 2023. Seidl had been transparent about his role of team principal at Sauber with chief Zak Brown as he made the switch. Interestingly, Andrea Stella, who has been with Mclaren since 2015, transferred from Ferrari having worked there for 15 years including the role of performance engineer for Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikonnen.
McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown had this to say about the events: “I’m delighted that Andrea Stella will step into the Team Principal role and lead our F1 technical and operational programme. Andrea is a highly talented, experienced and respected member of our team with a strong track record of leadership and success in Formula 1. His move into this role is a great example of the strength in depth we have in our team, and I’m excited to be working more closely with him with a joint focus on moving up the grid and winning races.”
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Andreas. 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.”
Adding to Brown’s statements, Andrea Stella said, “I feel privileged to take on the Team Principal role as the next stage of being part of the McLaren F1 Team. 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. I look forward to working closely with each of them, Lando and Oscar, to together achieving great success and enjoying the journey.”
Out-going Team Principal Seidl added: “I joined McLaren in 2019 and have really enjoyed working with Zak and the team. 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.”