McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes Andreas Seidl is the best team principal in Formula 1 amid his integral role in aiding the team’s recent resurgence.
Brown, who joined McLaren at the end of 2016, appointed Seidl as team principal in 2019 as part of his plans to reshape the team’s management structure.
Seidl built his reputation as boss of Porsche’s sportscar team in WEC, guiding them to championship success and victory at Le Mans.
Prior to Seidl’s arrival, McLaren’s form had dipped dramatically after a disastrous three-year stint with Honda, finishing second-bottom in the constructors’ championship in 2015 and 2017.
But the Woking-based outfit has since made huge strides claiming its best finish since 2012 last year, with Brown insisting Seidl’s impact in its recovery cannot be underestimated.
“I think the structure we have at McLaren works extremely well for us,” said Brown, as quoted by Motorsport.com. “Andreas and I have an outstanding working relationship. I think it’s extremely clear what my role is, what Andreas’ role is, and it is very clear to the team too.
“My job as CEO of McLaren Racing is to field the most competitive, financially sustainable racing team, not only in F1, but anything else that we may venture into like IndyCar etc. I think my job is to get the best people in the business, and I think we’ve done that. I think Andreas is the best team principal in the pitlane, in my humble opinion.
“I don’t know how to run an F1 team, it’s not my competency. That’s what Andreas is awesome at. So my job is to give him the freedom, the support, and the financial resources to allow him to do his thing. So Andreas has full authority to run the F1 team as he sees fit.”
Seidl’s leadership has proved instrumental in the team’s return to prominence, with the German believing Brown’s willingness to allow him freedom in his role as team principal has been key in McLaren’s progress.
“I think it’s very important, and crucial to the success of an F1 team, to have clear responsibilities, and also clear accountabilities,” Seidl explained. “I’m very happy with how we have defined responsibilities within McLaren Racing, and I’m very happy with Zak being the CEO of McLaren Racing, and being my boss also.
“He gives me in the end, the freedom and the support I need in order to bring my style and my experience and my way of how I want to set up an F1 team and lead it. And that’s simply great.
“We are aligned on a lot of topics in terms of how we see the steps we have to make within the team. I think we can also see in the last three years that we already could make some good steps. But we also know that we are far away from where we want to be in a few years’ time.”