Born: 6 January 1976
Where: Passau, Germany
As a team boss, Andreas Seidl is responsible for the technical running of the vehicles, and as race director, he coordinates the entire organisational aspects of the World Championship races. For the LMP1 drivers he is virtually like a national trainer, he heads the Business Relations division as manager and representative, and as chief strategist he makes decisions with the race engineers at the pit wall.
Strategic planning in ‘what-if ‘scenarios is Seidl’s credo, and he doesn’t believe in good or bad luck. The schedule must be executed like the choreography of a pit stop, he knows every area in-depth, and no detail is too small not to be examined if it has relevance for Porsche in terms of performance. He is under constant public scrutiny, and this is especially true when Porsche tackles Le Mans. To campaign a racing team that he created and shaped from day one and to fight for outright victory that is what he calls a dream of a lifetime.
Up until 2009, Seidl was responsible for Formula 1 testing and racing at BMW Sauber. When BMW withdrew from Formula 1 he became Director of Race Operations for the BMW DTM comeback. He played a leading role in finding the set-up for winning his company the title at its first attempt in 2012. Afterwards, the LMP1 project at Porsche was a massive and welcome new challenge for the father of two. The early days proved tough at times, but the World Championship title and Le Mans victory in 2015 were stunning successes. He would never claim this for himself, because it is always the team that counts.