McLaren man Andreas Seidel 'fired up and ready to roll'

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Future McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl is impatient to start work with the Woking-based outfit according to Carlos Sainz, who has been impressed by the German's fervor.

Seidl will join McLaren upon the conclusion of his gardening leave period with Porsche which ends on May 1.

However, the man who guided the German manufacturer's successful WEC LMP1 programme has already informally met his future colleagues, including McLaren's drivers, when he paid the team a visit last month in Bahrain.

"I did meet him at the grand prix," said Sainz, quoted by's Luke Smith.

"I did get a chance to say hello and have our first conversation and I was happy to meet him.

"I could see he was impatient to join the team, which is something I like. I like seeing people fired up and ready to roll. It was fun having our first conversation."

Seidl has been handed "responsibility for all aspects of the team's F1 racing programme" and will report directly to McLaren chief executive Zak Brown.

While Sainz was left with a positive impression after his first encounter with his future boss, he insisted that he had yet to learn what plans or changes Seidl had in mind for McLaren.

"What I can tell you is that he gave me a very good impression in general," he said.

"I saw he was very switched on, waiting to jump into the team as soon as possible but unfortunately there is this gardening period.

"I don’t need much more than to know he’s switched on and hungry to go."

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