McLaren appoint ex-Porsche boss as F1 managing director

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

In fact, the team has a recovery plan, and the latest move is the hiring of Andreas Seidl as the new team principal, which McLaren confirmed Thursday.

The announcement is very vague about when Seidl will take over the team saying that he "will join the team during 2019", which could mean next week (although the team would have said that if this was the case) or it could mean December.

McLaren are undergoing a re-shuffle behind the scenes ahead of the 2019 season.

'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'.

"Concentrated senior leadership on our F1 programme is an integral part of the long-term strategy of McLaren Racing to expand into other forms of global motorsport over time", Brown said. His appointment is part of an extensive management shake-up which began past year.

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The team says that it expects two IndyCar chassis to be delivered in late January and they will be put together in Woking. James Key will join the team as their technical director, but will not start developing his own vehicle until 2020 due to his late arrival in the team. Former racing director Eric Boullier was moved on midway through previous year, while senior figures Tim Goss and Matt Morris also left.

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

Instead, McLaren had the second slowest auto on average.

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. In this first installment, what he expects from McLaren's new F1 signings Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris. 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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