Andreas Seidl will become the CEO of Sauber Group in January after relinquishing his role as McLaren’s Team Principal.
Seidl joined McLaren in 2019 but on Tuesday the team communicated his exit, before his appointment as Sauber’s new CEO was immediately announced.
Sauber has split the roles of CEO and Team Principal, previously held by Frederic Vasseur, with Seidl taking up the former position.
The identity of a new Team Principal for Sauber’s Formula 1 team, currently competing as Alfa Romeo, will be announced in due course.
It means Seidl will oversee Sauber’s transition into Audi, which is joining Formula 1 as its strategic partner from 2026.
“It is great to join the Sauber Group from January: this is a team with a rich history in Formula One and an organisation I know really well from my time working and living in Hinwil for four years,” said Seidl, referring to his stint at BMW-Sauber in the late 2000s.
“I can’t wait to join the team and work with all the colleagues at the Sauber Group on the ambitious goals we have set together.
“I want to thank [owner] Finn Rausing and everyone at the Sauber Group for their choice: I am looking forward to repaying their trust with my work.”
Sauber’s future partner Audi approved Seidl’s appointment.
We welcome our future partner’s choice,” commented Oliver Hoffmann, CTO of Audi “
Andreas Seidl has extensive experience in leadership roles across motorsport programs on both the manufacturer and Formula 1 team side. His track record in motorsport is impressive.”
A very wise decision to leave the sinking ship known as McLaren — a once great organization turned money laundering scheme.