Former Porsche WEC boss Seidl joins McLaren

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

"We are delighted that Andreas is joining McLaren to lead our F1 technical and operational program", Brown said.

Seidl formerly headed Porsche's World Endurance Championship outfit and will join McLaren "during 2019". Thus it is hard to judge the impact he can have on operations as we don't know when he will start.

The German has had previous experience working in F1, having worked with BMW Motorsport between 2000 and 2009 with the engine manufacture and their works team when it was formed in 2006 with BMW Sauber.

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McLaren CEO Zak Brown added: "This is a significant appointment for us on two fronts". It is most likely that some of the people and equipment will come from Ed Carpenter Racing, which lost its funding from Fuzzy's vodka.

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

"This is an enormous privilege and challenge, which I am ready for and committed to. To have an opportunity to contribute to the McLaren legacy is extremely special and inspiring", said Seidl.

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Key will report to Seidl and head up the technical department comprising Peter Prodromou, Andrea Stella and Pat Fry. "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)".

The team finished sixth of 10 teams in the constructors' championship, but 80% of their points were scored by two-time champion Fernando Alonso, who left F1 at the end of 2018 and will race for the newly established McLaren team at the Indianapolis 500 this May.

The 51-year-old is effectively to be Brown's right-hand man across all McLaren's motorsport activities - he is essentially an internal management consultant, floating across all aspects of McLaren's racing operations and offering advice and insight. Former Indy 500 victor Gil de Ferran was installed as sporting director following Boullier's departure but his appointment never seemed to be a long-term solution to the team's problems.

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