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McLaren’s Andreas Seidl to take over as Sauber/Alfa Romeo boss

Andreas Seidl will be stepping away from McLaren to join Alfa Romeo/Sauber to lead the 2026 Audi takeover

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McLaren Racing has announced that Andreas Seidl will be leaving the team as the German team principal will succeed the Ferrari-bound Fred Vasseur. Seidl will be the one to lead Sauber through its transition into Audi in 2026.

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Team principal McLaren F1 Andreas Seidl during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone. (Photo by Jose Breton via Getty Images)

Seidl has been the team principal at McLaren for four years and has led the team to some notable achievements, including a memorable win at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Seidl will now move on to take part in the Sauber project, which will be partnering with Audi from 2026.

In a departing statement, Seidl thank those at McLaren and wished his replacement, Andrea Stella, all the best.

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

“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.”

CEO of McLaren Racing also put out a statement, thanking Seidl for his work over the four years.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with Andreas,” he wrote.

“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.”

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Andreas Seidl spent four years with Papaya, scoring eight podiums and one win. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki via Getty Images)
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Andrea Stella, who has been named as the new team principal of McLaren Racing, 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.”

With the relentless driver merry-go-round and now a musical chairs game amongst the F1 team principals, the 2023 Formula 1 season certainly looks set to be an interesting one.

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