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Brown reveals opportunities for McLaren in Seidl's departure

McLaren have lost team principal Andreas Seidl to Sauber, but boss Zak Brown believes the appointment of Andrea Stella is an opportunity for the team.

Zak Brown believes Andreas Seidl's departure from the McLaren Formula 1 team has opened up "opportunities" within the race team. Seidl resigned from his post as Team Principal in December to take over as CEO of the Sauber group with Audi - a member of the Volkswagen group Seidl used to work for - set to come in for 2026. One of Seidl's first tasks is to search for a new Team Principal at the Alfa Romeo (Sauber) team, with Frederic Vasseur heading to Ferrari to replace Mattia Binotto. In Seidl's place, Brown opted to promote Andrea Stella to his first team principal role in F1 from the racing director role he'd held since 2019. And Brown believes that this decision is a strong one for McLaren that highlights the "depth" within the team.

Brown confident after Stella appointment

"[McLaren] is a big team with a tremendous amount of talent," Brown told media, including RacingNews365.com. "Any team or business for that matter is about the collection of individuals and the ways of working, so Andreas did a great job. "But I have no doubt Andrea will pick up and carry us forward. "We need to add some resources within certain areas in the racing team, but I think we've got a strong race team. "We've done a lot of promotion from within and the response I've had from the team about Andrea's employment has been predictably well-received. "This feels like we won't miss a beat versus introducing someone from the outside because it takes quite a while to get up to speed. "If we didn't have Andrea, then maybe that would have been an alternative to look at, but it was very clear to all of us very quickly that Andrea was who we want to run the team."

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