Andrea Stella reveals his key vision for McLaren in new team principal role

Sam Cooper
McLaren racing director Andrea Stella and Lando Norris. Singapore, September 2022.

Andrea Stella speaks with Lando Norris. Singapore, September 2022.

Andrea Stella says he wants a “continuation” of what has come before as he lays out his plans for the future of McLaren.

Following a domino-like tumbling of team principals, Stella was named as the new boss of McLaren after Andreas Seidl departed to take up the recently vacated role of CEO at Sauber.

Stella is a long-time member of the McLaren team, having spent 14 years at Ferrari before moving to the Woking outfit in 2015, taking on the role after being promoted from his current position of racing director.

After team CEO Zak Brown was informed of Seidl’s desire to leave during the season, Stella emerged as Brown’s first choice for the role, suggesting it will be an evolution rather than a revolution in terms of what comes next for the historic constructor.

Stella confirmed as much, saying there would be a “continuation” of the work Seidl had been doing since he was appointed to the role in 2019.

“In terms of how we continue for the future,” Stella told select media including PlanetF1.com. “There’s clearly elements of continuation.

“I think we worked very well with Andreas. We established some very important directions and we do want to consolidate them.

“At the same time, the complexity of Formula 1 leaves the business always open for opportunities.

“It’s day one [in the] job for me, but this is what I’m thinking about intensively and what I will be thinking about together with my leaders at McLaren so that we can find the further opportunities to go even faster towards achieving our mission.”

Stella did drill down on some of the improvements he would be looking to make an highlighted the team’s aerodynamic department as an area he felt could be worked on.

“In terms of of areas of opportunities, I think, where we definitely would like to make a step forward is delivering a quick car,” the 51-year-old Italian said.

“Some of the reasons why we haven’t been able to do that so far. We know that they are quite structural, and there’s really good action and investments going on at McLaren so that we can overcome these limitations.

“We have important infrastructure coming to fruition in 2023 like the wind tunnel, the new simulator, and I think completing this business is certainly one of my priorities.

“At the same time, we want to make some areas of the team stronger. We know enough about Formula 1 [so that] we know it is fundamentally an aerodynamic game. So no surprise that one of the areas we want to get stronger is on the aerodynamic side.

“I think we have incredible talent, possibly we need to expand manpower in that area, and that’s also one of the projects that are ongoing which will certainly grant continuity.”

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