Brown initially joined McLaren in 2016 before becoming CEO in 2018. A year later he appointed Seidl as team leader, the duo having divided responsibilities that showcase their strengths.
With a number of F1 teams adopting similar structures of dividing roles between a number of senior figures rather than a general chief, McLaren is clear the process is working.
But Brown says a factor that can’t be underestimated is how good Seidl is – with the German helping guide McLaren to third place in last year’s Constructors’ Championship.
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M
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“I think the structure we have at McLaren is working extremely well for us,” said Brown. “Andreas and I have a great working relationship. I think my role is extremely clear, what Andreas’s role is, and it’s also very clear to the team.
“My job as CEO of McLaren Racing is to field the most competitive and financially sustainable racing team, not only in F1 but in any other area that we can venture into like Indycar and so on.
“I think my job is to recruit the best people in the business, and I think we’ve done it. I think Andreas is the best team manager in the pit lane, IMHO, and to give him space.
“I don’t know how to lead an F1 team, it’s not my skill. That’s what Andreas is great at. So my job is to give him the freedom, the support and the financial resources to allow him to do his job. Andreas therefore has full authority to lead the F1 team as he sees fit.
Seidl says that perfect clarity between him and Brown on their responsibilities has been extremely important in helping McLaren make good progress in recent years.
“I think it is very important, and crucial for the success of an F1 team, to have clear responsibilities and also clear responsibilities,” he explained.
“I am very happy with the way we have defined the responsibilities within McLaren Racing, and I am very happy that Zak is the CEO of McLaren Racing, and also my boss.
“It gives me at the end of the day the freedom and support I need to bring my style and my experience and my way of building and leading an F1 team. And it’s just awesome.
“We are aligned on a lot of topics when it comes to how we see the steps we need to take as a team. I think we can also see in the last three years that we could already take some good steps. But we also know we’re a long way from where we want to be in a few years. “