Sauber have appointed former McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl as CEO. The German joins the Swiss-based outfit in a move influenced by Audi's recent strategic buy-in to the team ahead of its 2026 entry into F1. Seidl previously worked at Sauber in the 2000s when the team was run under the aegis of BMW, and spoke of his delight at return to Hinwil. "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. "I can't wait to join the team and work with all the colleagues at Sauber on the ambitious goals we have set together. I want to thank everyone at Sauber for their choice: I am looking forward to repaying their trust with my work.”
Seidl's previous experience with Sauber and VW Group
In addition to his previous stint at Sauber, Seidl also has experience running a Volkswagen Group-run motorsport programme, having been Team Principal of Porsche's LMP1 outfit when the German marque won three Le Mans titles in a row from 2015 to 2017. The German is also known to Audi executives, including the firm's CEO Markus Duesmann, as the two previously worked together at Sauber. Seidl moves to Sauber to replace Frederic Vasseur, who has in turn replaced the resigned Mattia Binotto as Team Principal of Ferrari. Seidl's move to Sauber is the latest in a flurry of F1-related job announcements in the last two days, which began on Monday with the news that Jost Capito would leave Williams after two years at Team Principal, followed by the Vasseur and Seidl announcements.