In any case, the numbers prove: Since Seidl swung the scepter on the McLaren racing team in May 2019, things have been steadily improving. 2019 was still there for the former BMW and Porsche management engineer to learn. Why hasn’t McLaren won since 2012? What were the reasons for the fall into sporting insignificance? Where are the strengths that you encourage, where are the weaknesses that you have to remedy? The Lower Bavarian first had to get an idea of this and organize the team accordingly.
Nevertheless, Seidl waves it away. He does not accept that success has only one father. “I played football with passion for a long time,” says the avowed FC Bayern fan, “and I learned that you can only be successful as a team. The most important thing for me is to convey that motorsport is also a team sport. “
Alone: He has already achieved the long-term goal that he set himself in 2019. McLaren has become a top team again. But with the last step, winning the title, he asks for patience. McLaren will not be able to win the World Cup on its own until 2024. Because there are still deficits compared to the two big teams from Mercedes and Red Bull, for example in terms of infrastructure. These are only eliminated with the commissioning of a new wind tunnel.
It speaks for Seidl that the former footballer prefers to hold the ball flat. But it also speaks for him that prominent contemporaries see him as a crucial component in the McLaren resurrection. “Andreas is a racer through and through who understands all of motorsport, not just Formula 1,” praised Sebastian Vettel. The four-time world champion knows Bayern very well through frequent conversations on a private level.
Ralf Schumacher also thinks a lot of Seidl. The six-time GP winner got to know and appreciate him during his time at BMW-Williams. Seidl worked there as an engine engineer on Schumacher’s car. Today’s Sky expert: “Andy is extremely talented, extremely structured. McLaren’s comeback certainly has to do with him.”