McLaren Boss Snubs Mercedes Counterpart Regarding Audi-Porsche F1 Entry: “A Perfect Marriage”

Published 04/20/2022, 2:20 PM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 27: McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl looks on from the pitwall during Day Two of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 27, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

In recent times, there have been reports of solid interest from Audi to enter the world of F1. They initially sought a deal with McLaren. However, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl now has had an interesting opinion on the matter.

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He shares the opinion that Sauber would be a better team to form a partnership for the auto-world giant.

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Andreas Seidl thinks Audi-Sauber is an ideal match

The current McLaren team boss has previously worked closely with the Volkswagen group after heading their Porsche WEC program. Seidl has only recently seen his team reject a reported €650 million bid from Audi who like Porsche want to join F1.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 03: McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl looks on before the F1 Grand Prix of USA at Circuit of The Americas on November 03, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

He believes that it is time for Sauber, which has been racing under the Alfa Romeo name, to join hands with Audi. He said, “Audi and Sauber would be a very good choice for the future, a perfect marriage.”

Seidl also added, “The Swiss have an excellent infrastructure with their wind tunnel and would be ready for such a challenge.” However, he also thinks that the deal could be susceptible to the similar issues that marred the Audi-McLaren deal.

Shedding light on the matter, he said. “I think a lot depends on the owners of the team. How much is the Rausing family willing to leave behind?”.

However, his Mercedes counterpart Toto Wolff is still on the fence about the idea. He said, “And who declares themselves as newcomers… The picture is still very unclear.”

How has McLaren done so far this season?

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This season was set up to be a promising one for McLaren. However, it has not gone all to plan with the team looking massively off the pace of their predicted competitors in the opening races of the season. The season opener saw neither Daniel Ricciardo nor Lando Norris finish in the points.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 18, 2022 McLaren’s Lando Norris during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

The second race in Jeddah was a mixed bag, with Ricciardo retiring as he lost drive in his MCL36 while Norris went on to finish P7. However, the last race in Australia saw a revival with Norris in P5 and Ricciardo in P6.

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Divyansh Priyadarshi

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Divyansh Priyadarshi is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his under-graduation in computer science engineering and is naturally drawn to the intriguing data-driven world of Formula 1. Being an author at ES isn't his first stint in penning down thoughts for his favorite sports, as he has a solid prior background in writing content for soccer, NBA, and UFC.

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