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In Formula One, the team principal is the person who owns and is in charge of a certain constructor during each race weekend. They are also usually responsible for giving out team orders.

Famous examples include Ron Dennis (McLaren), Jean Todt (Ferrari), Frank Williams (Williams), Christian Horner (Red Bull) and Colin Chapman (Lotus). World Drivers' Champions like Alain Prost and Jackie Stewart also became team principals for their own teams after retiring from racing. The most successful team principal of all time is Williams, with nine Team Principal titles, and has led his team on a regular basis since its formation in 1977, despite the car accident that left him paralysed in 1986. Todt is now President of the FIA.

Paddy Lowe, as Executive Direction (Technical), is the current title-winning team principal, though he left the role in January 2017.[1]

Monisha Kaltenborn became the first female team principal in Formula One history in 2012 after taking charge of the Sauber team, but she too left in June 2017.[2]

Current team principals[]

Name Year Started Team Previous Teams
Romania Otmar Szafnauer 2022 Alpine Aston Martin
Italy Mattia Binotto 2019 Ferrari
Germany Andreas Seidl 2019 McLaren
United Kingdom Christian Horner 2005 Red Bull
Luxembourg Mike Krack 2022 Aston Martin Sauber
Italy Guenther Steiner 2016 Haas Red Bull
Austria Franz Tost 2006 AlphaTauri Toro Rosso
France Frédéric Vasseur 2017 Alfa Romeo Renault
Germany Jost Capito 2021 Williams McLaren
Austria Toto Wolff 2013 Mercedes Williams

Past Team Principals[]

Name Duration Team
United Kingdom George Abecassis 1951-1954 HWM
France Cyril Abiteboul 2013-20142014-2020 CaterhamRenault
Netherlands Christijan Albers 2014 Caterham
Sweden Ove Andersson 2002-2003 Toyota
Italy Maurizio Arrivabene 2015-2018 Ferrari
Italy Rocco Benetton 1998-2000 Benetton
United Kingdom John Booth 2010-2011
France Éric Boullier 2010-2011
Australia Jack Brabham 1961-1970 Brabham
United Kingdom Ross Brawn 2008
Italy Flavio Briatore 1990-1997, 2000-2001
United Kingdom Eric Broadley 1997 Lola
United Kingdom Trevor Carlin 2006 Midland
United Kingdom Colin Chapman 1958-1982 Lotus
United Kingdom John Cooper 1950-1964 Cooper
Italy Luca Montezemolo 1973-1975 Ferrari
United Kingdom Ron Dennis[3] 1980-2008, 2014-2016[4] McLaren
Italy Stefano Domenicali 2008-2014 Ferrari
United Kingdom Bernie Ecclestone 1972-1987 Brabham
Malaysia Tony Fernandes 2010-2011
Italy Sante Ghedini 1992-1993 Ferrari
United States Dan Gurney 1966-1968 Eagle
Ireland Eddie Jordan 1991-2005 Jordan
India Monisha Kaltenborn 2012-2017 Sauber
Germany Colin Kolles 2007
Force India
France Jean-Luc Lagardère 1970-1972 Matra
France Guy Ligier 1976-1992 Ligier
Luxembourg Gérard Lopez 2014-2015 Lotus
United Kingdom Paddy Lowe[5] 2014-2016 Mercedes
Italy Marco Mattiacci 2014 Ferrari
United States Teddy Mayer 1970-1982 McLaren
New Zealand Bruce McLaren 1963-1970 McLaren
United Kingdom Charlie Moody 1994-1995 Simtek
United Kingdom Max Mosley 1970-1977 March
United States Don Nichols 1973-1981 Shadow
Italy Roberto Nosetto 1977 Ferrari
United Kingdom Finbarr O'Connell[6] 2014 Caterham
Spain Luis Pérez-Sala 2012 HRT
France Alain Prost 1997-2001 Prost
Italy Manfredi Ravetto 2014 Caterham
Italy Andrea Sassetti 1992 Andrea Moda
Switzerland Peter Sauber 1993-2012 Sauber
Switzerland Peter Schetty 1971-1972 Ferrari
United Kingdom Louis Stanley 1960-1977 BRM
United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 1997-1999 Stewart
Australia Paul Stoddart 2001-2005 Minardi
Japan Aguri Suzuki 2006-2008 Super Aguri
United Kingdom Alex Tai 2010 Virgin
Australia Ron Tauranac 1961-1971 Brabham
France Jean Todt 1993-2007 Ferrari
Japan Tsutomu Tomita 2004-2007 Toyota
United Kingdom Ken Tyrrell 1968-1969
Italy Nello Ugolini 1952-1955 Ferrari
United Kingdom Tony Vandervell 1954-1960 Vanwall
Italy Ernesto Vita 1990 Life
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw 1991-1994
United Kingdom Martin Whitmarsh 2010-2013 McLaren
United Kingdom Frank Williams 1977-2020 Williams
Hong Kong Teddy Yip 1978-1983 Theodore

By team[]

Team Team principals
AFM Germany Alexander von Falkenhausen (1952–1953)
Andrea Moda Italy Andrea Sassetti (1992)
ATS Germany Günter Schmid (1978–1984)
Benetton Italy Peter Collins (1985–1989)
Italy Flavio Briatore (1990–1997)
Italy Rocco Benetton (1998–start of 2000)
Italy Flavio Briatore (2000–2001)
BMW Sauber Germany Mario Theissen (2006–2009)
Brawn United Kingdom Ross Brawn (2009)
Caterham Malaysia Tony Fernandes (2012)
France Cyril Abiteboul (2013–July 2014)
Netherlands Christijan Albers (July–November 2014)
Italy Manfredi Ravetto (2014)
United Kingdom Finbarr O'Connell ("de facto" Team Principal, November 2014)
Coloni Italy Enzo Coloni (1987-1992)
Eifelland Germany Günther Hennerici (1972)
Eurobrun Switzerland Walter Brun (1988-1990)
Ferrari France Jean Todt (1993–2007)
Italy Stefano Domenicali (2008–April 2014)
Italy Marco Mattiacci (April–November 2014)
Italy Maurizio Arrivabene (2015–2018)

Italy Mattia Binotto (2019-present)

Force India India Vijay Mallya (2008–July 2018)
Forti Corse Italy Guido Forti (1995-1996)
Haas Italy Günther Steiner (2016–present)
Jordan Ireland Eddie Jordan (1991-2005)
Life Italy Ernesto Vita (1990)
Lotus United Kingdom Colin Chapman (1958–1982)
United Kingdom Peter Warr (1982–1989)
United Kingdom Peter Collins (1989–19994)
Malaysia Tony Fernandes (2010–2011)
France Éric Boullier (2012–2013)
Luxembourg Gérard Lopez (2014–2015)
Manor United Kingdom Stephen Fitzpatrick (2016)
Marussia United Kingdom John Booth (2010–2011)
McLaren New Zealand Bruce McLaren (1963–1970)
United States Teddy Mayer (1970–1982)
United Kingdom Ron Dennis (1981–2008)
United Kingdom Martin Whitmarsh (2009–2013)
United Kingdom Ron Dennis (2014–2016)
France Éric Boullier (2017–2018)
Germany Andreas Seidl (2019–present)
Mercedes Germany Alfred Neubauer (1954–1955)
United Kingdom Ross Brawn (2010–2013)
United Kingdom Paddy Lowe (2014–2016)
Minardi Italy Giancarlo Minardi (1985–2000)
Australia Paul Stoddart (2001–2005)
Porsche Germany Fritz Huschke von Hanstein (1957–1964)
Prost France Alain Prost (1997–2001)
Racing Point Romania Otmar Szafnauer (2018–present)
Red Bull United Kingdom Christian Horner (2005–present)
Renault Italy Flavio Briatore (2002–2009)
France Éric Boullier (2010–2011)
France Frédéric Vasseur (2016–start of 2017)
Rial Germany Günter Schmid (1988–1989)
Sauber Switzerland Peter Sauber (1993–2005, 2010-2012)
India Monisha Kaltenborn (2012-2017)
France Frédéric Vasseur (2017-2018)
Stewart United Kingdom Jackie Stewart (1997–1999)
Tyrrell United Kingdom Ken Tyrrell (1970–1997)
United Kingdom Harvey Postlethwaite (1998)
Williams United Kingdom Frank Williams (1972–2012)
United Kingdom Claire Williams (2013-present)
Zakspeed Germany Erich Zakowski (1985–1989)


  1. "Tech boss Lowe to leave Mercedes post". (Formula One Administration). 10 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  2. "Statement by the Chairman regarding Monisha Kaltenborn". Sauber. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  3. Does not hold position of "Team Principal".
  4. Dennis has returned to his position as team boss in 2014 after five years, replacing Martin Whitmarsh.
  5. Mercedes do not employ anyone with the role of "team principal". However, Paddy Lowe, in his role as Executive Director (Technical), performed the role of a team principal.
  6. Appointed by Smith & Williamson to be Caterham's administrator, hence became the de facto Team Principal.