In December 2022, there was an actual personnel earthquake in the administration layers of the varied Formula 1 groups. The constructing block of this was Andreas Seidl, who left McLaren and was employed as the new CEO of the Sauber Group.
In this position, he is accountable not solely for the destiny of the Alfa Romeo Formula 1 workforce, but in addition for its transition to the Audi works group, which can start when the new engine rules come into pressure in 2026.
Alfa Romeo driver Valtteri Bottas believes Seidl is the “good man” for the job. “I really feel that the workforce is in a really secure place,” he says, “and I believe we’ll get alongside properly with Andreas and Alessandro.”
Alessandro Alunni Bravi has been appointed as the workforce’s official consultant together with Sauber CEO Seidl. Alfa Romeo won’t have a traditional Formula 1 workforce boss in 2023.
Bottas: “It’s a disgrace to lose Fred”
Fred Wasser beforehand held the position of CEO and Group Leader at Sauber. After transferring to Ferrari, this is now separated. Bottas regrets Wasser’s departure. After all, the Finn was promoted in Formula 3 and GP3 races and was persuaded to modify to Alfa.
“It’s true that Fred was an necessary cause,” mentioned Bottas. “Of course it is unhappy to lose Fred. But at the similar time, he is a pal of mine. I’m very glad for him as a result of you’ll be able to’t say no to a task like that (at Ferrari; editor’s word). He’s at all times bold and pushed.”
Furthermore, concerning Seidl, Bottas believes that new folks in the workforce at all times result in new methods of pondering. “So generally it isn’t a nasty factor.”
He must know Seidl higher to inform extra about him. “It’s been two weeks since I met him for the first time,” says the Formula 1 driver. “First of all, he is man. I discovered him very enthusiastic.’
Seidl has a transparent imaginative and prescient for the Sauber workforce
“He appears to have a transparent path about what he needs to do with the workforce and methods to inspire folks. He appears to have a imaginative and prescient. Of course he is nonetheless making an attempt to soak up a whole lot of data and get one thing from different folks. The workforce and studying about the previous,” Bottas mentioned.
His teammate Zhou says he is spent a whole lot of time with Seidl over the previous few weeks and has been impressed to this point. “I actually felt how a lot he was making an attempt to push the workforce ahead,” mentioned the Chinese.
“He’s very captivated with bringing the workforce up and constructing an amazing future. Over dinner or lunch, I felt that he is aware of the technical facet very properly. He additionally is aware of the drivers very properly as a result of we talked about his previous.”
“I do not assume loads will change for us as drivers, even when it is a massive change for the workforce. It’s extra about understanding how we work collectively.”
Zhou is aware of: “Of course, it will not be the similar as Fred’s method of working. Everyone has their very own method of working. Also, I heard a whole lot of good issues about him from Oscar (Piastri) earlier than. So I’m trying ahead to it.”