Audi Motorsport coordination director Allan McNish made it clear that the corporate had no function in Andreas Seidl becoming a member of Sauber.
Simply as all the pieces gave the impression to be winding down for the low season after the 2022 marketing campaign, System 1’s remaining ‘foolish season’ started with 4 of the ten groups confirming a change of crew boss.
One of many groups restructuring was McLaren, which promoted Andrea Stella to the crew’s principal function after it was introduced that Seidl was leaving that place to turn into the brand new CEO of Sauber Motorsport, operator of the Alfa Romeo crew .
It’s noteworthy that he was not made crew principal, with that function nonetheless vacant after Fred Vasseur left to take Mattia Binotto’s place at Ferrari crew chief.
Naturally, Audi is suspected of getting a task in Seidl’s swap, the German model set to enter right into a partnership with Sauber that may see the outfit turn into Audi’s F1 works crew from 2026, working Audi energy items.
Nevertheless, former F1 driver and multi-time Le Mans winner McNish clarified that the choice got here from Alfa Romeo-Sauber alone, with Audi taking part in no function.
“Clearly they needed to change as a result of Fred Vasseur moved from Alfa Romeo to Ferrari, and Andreas got here in to switch him, however that is simply Sauber and Alfa Romeo coping with it,” McNish instructed Autosport Worldwide. “It has nothing to do with Audi.”
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As an alternative, McNish stated Audi’s focus is on getting their amenities to construct the 2026 energy unit so as, and he believes Audi has picked a “actually thrilling level” to get the System 1 plunge.
“Clearly our program proper now and dealing is the engine facet of issues,” McNish stated.
“So constructing an influence unit improvement firm, constructing all of the amenities wanted, making ready the know-how wanted for this with a giant enhance in electrification, and likewise in eFuels as effectively, which can be a key dynamic of this.
“And so it is an thrilling time I’ve to say. As a driver, there is a level of pondering, ‘effectively, if it is 2012 or one thing, then…however now, from my private that perspective, I feel it is a actually thrilling level for the corporate to enter System 1, [which] is in a great place.”