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How the new McLaren team boss will approach his role

Andreas Stella will utilise his prior experience on McLaren's race operations side to get stuck in to his new role at Team Principal.

Seidl Stella
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With the departure of Andreas Seidl from McLaren, new Team Principal Andreas Stella has outlined what his approach will be as the team looks to challenge more regularly for wins and podiums.

The Italian, who has worked at McLaren since 2015, suggested that he will take on a more involved approach to the Team Principal role given his prior experience as an engineer and on the race operations side.

"I'd like I think my style will be a 'hands on' kind of Team Principal," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I think the opportunity we have is that I've been dealing with and exposed to the engineering and racing elements of Formula One throughout my career."

Stella explained that he believes there will be strong "integration" between his role in the team and CEO Zak Brown.

He said: "I will be close to the core objectives of the team, which ultimately is to build a quick car and race this car effectively while on track.

"If I may say, I think there's really some strong elements of integration and combination between my characteristics and Zak. So I think this creates a very strong combination.

Stella had to 'reflect' on extra Team Principal responsibilities before taking on role

The role of a Team Principal has been previously described as one of the most challenging in Formula 1, with former BAR-Honda team boss Craig Pollock once saying that "there is no other job in the world" where someone is "publicly audited every fortnight."

Alongside looking after the operational side of the team, they must also face the media in times of success and disappointment on track.

Stella said he had to "reflect" on those aspects of the job before taking on the role.

He explained: "The outside elements of the Team Principal job, that's something that I needed to reflect on.

"[Previously] I just focused on my job, so it needed a bit of thought but I guess its also about preparation, about getting familiar, being honest.

"So I think these are the characteristics that I will take myself and use my interactions outside, so I think I am up for the challenge."

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