Andreas Seidl has revealed why he took the role of McLaren team principal, returning to Formula 1 after a decade away.
The German was with BMW from 2000 to 2009, but left along with the team when they withdrew from F1 as a constructor. Thereafter, he worked in DTM and then the Porsche LMP1 squad, but returned to F1 in January with McLaren.
He says the passion to get McLaren among the elite teams in the sport again was the main motivation behind the move.
“When I decided to go to McLaren, Zak [Brown, the company’s F1 CEO] was the first one to contact me,” said Seidl.
“It was immediately attractive for me to become McLaren’s team principal.
“I then had another conversation with the owners of the team and realised that they were really determined to continue investing in the next few years and had a clear vision to return to the top.
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