McLaren CEO Puts Seidl Over Horner & Wolff as the Best Team Principal in F1

Published 01/10/2022, 2:40 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Team Principals play a huge role in how their squad performs during a Formula One weekend. Many would argue that Toto Wolff of Mercedes and Christian Horner of Red Bull are the best on the grid because of the success that their teams enjoy. However, McLaren CEO Zak Brown thinks that Andreas Seidl outshines the two team bosses.

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Seidl became the team principal in 2019 and has played a vital role in the team’s success on the grid. In 2020, he helped the Woking-based outfit finish third in the teams’ standings, and in 2021, aided them in their victory at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Seeing how he has helped the team grow, Brown puts Seidl above the likes of Horner and Wolff.

McLaren CEO Brown favors Andreas Seidl over Wolff and Horner

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Horner and Wolff are arguably two of the best team principals in Formula One. However, instead of choosing between them, Brown backs one of this own to be the best team boss on the grid.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, “He took the big pressure off my shoulders and he carried it himself. I would say he did an excellent job. In my opinion, the best team principal in Formula 1 is Andreas.”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 McLaren Managing Director Andreas Seidl in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“He runs the race team, it’s his show. The collaboration with Andreas is excellent. We complement each other wonderfully. There are things that I contribute, things that he contributes. But there is nothing overlapping.We have a lot of fun together. This leads to good performance and fun, and therefore positive results,” Brown concluded. (Translated from Turkish via Google)

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How did the Woking-based outfit perform this season?

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Lando Norris’ 2021 season was likely his best yet. He only earned a single podium finish the previous year. But in 2021, the 22-year-old had four podiums to his name, and one pole position under his belt. He finished sixth in the drivers’ championship with 160 points.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

On the other side of the garage, Daniel Ricciardo had an underwhelming season, with his victory at Monza the only highlight of his first year at McLaren. With 115 points, the Australian concluded the season in eighth place in the standings. All in all, the Seidl-led team finished the season in fourth place with 275 points under their belt.

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With the 2022 season just a few months away, do you think the papaya team can fight for wins and potentially the title? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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