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Stella replaces Seidl as McLaren team boss

Andrea Stella is promoted to Team Principal at McLaren, replacing Andreas Seidl, who leaves the team.

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McLaren have announced that Andrea Stella will succeed Andreas Seidl as Team Principal from the 2023 season onward.

The Woking team announced the departure of Seidl, along with the promotion of Andrea Stella to the role of Team Principal.

Stella has been with McLaren since 2015, working most recently as Executive Director, Racing before the departure of Andreas Seidl to Sauber.

“I feel privileged to take on the Team Principal role as the next stage of being part of the McLaren F1 Team. I am grateful to Zak and the Shareholders for their trust in me and to all my colleagues and those who have supported me throughout my F1 career," commented Stella.

"We are realistic about the amount of work ahead of us to move back up the grid, but I am excited and encouraged that I am in this journey together with a team full of talent, experience, racing spirit and dedication.

"I look forward to working closely with each of them, Lando and Oscar, to together achieving great success and enjoying the journey.”

Stella's appointment is a promotion from within, as the Italian joined McLaren in 2015 as Head of Race Operations, before being appointed Performance Director from 2018, and then Executive Director, Racing in December 2019.

The Italian started his F1 career with Ferrari in 2000, and served as Race Engineer to Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso across a 14-year stint with the Scuderia.

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