Fritz Enzinger is set to serve as the interim team principal for Porsche’s Formula E operation following the sudden departure of Andreas Seidl.
Seidl, who had managed the German manufacturer’s forthcoming entry into the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, resigned last week, ending his six-year tenure with Porsche that included leading its championship-winning 919 Hybrid LMP1 program.
Former Porsche LMP1 Vice President Enzinger, who was appointed Head of Volkswagen Group Motorsport in February, will take on Seidl’s duties on a temporary basis, according to Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.
“Fritz will take over for the moment,” Walliser told e-racing365.
The 62-year-old is not expected to be in the frame for the permanent role due to his age and the company’s retirement policy.
Walliser said Porsche has “no big comments” on Seidl’s sudden departure, which is believed to be linked to a future role in Formula 1 for the ex-BMW Sauber F1 testing manager.
“The decision surprised us also,” Walliser said. “We have not known before. We had different plans so we regret that we lose him and he doesn’t continue with Porsche.
“It will not change the motorsports strategy because the motorsports strategy is not related to people. So we have to look how we run the operation now.
“That’s the task and the downside of the surprise.”
Walliser said they hope to make an announcement on Seidl’s replacement by next month’s “Night of Champions” awards night in Germany.