McLaren has been the team that has risen the most in recent years. Thanks to a restructuring within the team, including staff, managers and even drivers, McLaren managed to position itself in third position in the constructors' championship, defeating all teams, except Mercedes and Red Bull. Zak Brown, who serves as the CEO of the British team, has affirmed that Andreas Seidl is the best team principal in the highest category of motorsports, in addition to both ensuring that the team's structure has been a fundamental factor in achieving the recovery of the team. As a small preamble, Brown became the CEO of this team back in 2018, appointing Seidl as team principal in 2019. This management duo is considered one of the strongest and the results speak for themselves.
“I think the structure we have at McLaren works extremely well for us. 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.” The American expressed.
“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.” Zak Brown affirmed, “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." Zak Brown stated.
Andreas Seidl has confirmed that his relationship between him and Zak Brown has helped McLaren's recovery, and that the tasks are well distributed between him and Brown.
“I think it's very important, and crucial to the success of an F1 team, to have clear responsibilities, and also clear accountabilities. 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.” Seidl expressed.
"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." That is how McLaren’s team principal finished the session.