Brown insists he is "not stepping back" despite Seidl arrival at McLaren

22-05-2019 10:30
by Bobby Vincent
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Brown insists he is not stepping back despite Seidl arrival at McLaren

McLaren CEO Zak Brown has insisted he will not "step back" despite the arrival of Andreas Seidl as the team's new team principal.

Seidl was appointed as the new team boss at the British side just before the Spanish Grand Prix. Seidl arrived from Porsche, where he headed the team's efforts in WEC.

The team principal has now been given responsibility to run McLaren, but Brown says that does not mean he will be less involved with the Woking-based side in the future.

"No, no, no, I definitely don't take a step back," Brown said, when asked by Motorsport.com about any changes to his CEO role. "It has always been the plan to bring in dedicated, exclusively focused leadership on the F1 racing team. We need someone waking up every day and making sure the car can go as fast as possible.

"My job is a much broader remit to run the business, grow the business - so nothing really changes for me. I am just happy that between me, Andreas, (technical director) James Key and the promotions we have made, and the other people we've brought in, that I now feel from a personnel standpoint, we've got our team in place.

"I'm sure Andreas, once he gets stuck into it, will make his mark. I'm really pleased with the team we have on the field."

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