What Andreas has to say about the progress“To be honest, we’re really, really, really happy with how it went so far, for various reasons,” he explained.
Andreas Seidl, team boss of McLaren, is happy with the steps his team has taken in recent years.
The team is now reaping the benefits of the reconstruction that was started after a number of disappointing seasons.
The team from Woking is now third in the constructors’ championship, which is already a step forward compared to last year. Then the race stable finished fourth.
Despite fierce competition from Racing Point, Renault and Ferrari, the team has managed to fight its way up the ladder. This advance has translated into the first podium for Lando Norris and the second for Carlos Sainz.
Seidl says in conversation with Auto, Motor und Sport that he is very satisfied with the progress his team has made. He does expect it to be a tough job to hold the third spot at the constructors.
“We have taken the next step as a team and with the car. We are third in the championship. We didn’t expect that before the season.”
“We will not be blinded by the good results. On average, we have the fourth-best car in terms of vehicle performance. That is a step forward compared to 2019, when we came fourth, but on average we had the fifth fastest car”, the 44-year-old German explains.
“We can always score good points on Sunday. Renault and Ferrari have more marked variations in their performance. That shows that we have a good basis with our car.”
Sainz: “We obviously want to stay ahead of the competition, maximise all opportunities and bring home a good result.”
It was an unlucky weekend for Carlos Sainz last time out as he was the victim of a very unusual incident at the safety-car restart of the Tuscan Grand prix which saw him retire early on- albeit thankfully unharmed.
Whilst the Spaniard says he was relieved those involved were unharmed, he admits the crash was frustrating and something he hopes to ‘never see again in a race’
“The third triple-header of the season gave us some high and low moments. The great result at Monza was an important boost for the entire team, but what happened at Mugello is something I hope we never see again in a race.”
“As I said before, the most important thing is that everyone left unharmed, but I’m sure we will discuss it all together again in Russia to understand what happened and agree on how we can avoid it in the future.”
“Nine races in 11 weekends was super tough for the whole crew, so it’s been good to have some time to reset, properly analyse the last races and recharge batteries.”
Sainz is now looking for a strong result in Russia to compensate for the disappointment last weekend, and considering Sochi is a track he has excelled at in the past, it would be fair to assume he has the potential to replicate the same performances this time out. Carlos is not taking any chances, however, and says the fight will no doubt be ‘extremely tight.’
“I look forward to the Russian GP. I finished P6 there last season and scored some good points, but that was a year ago and now we face new challenges and still an extremely tight fight to get into the points.
“We obviously want to stay ahead of the competition, maximise all opportunities and bring home a good result. Let’s go for it!”
‘Having time to recharge after nine races in 11 weeks was needed’
At the last race in Tuscany, Lando Norris was the sole McLaren left in the field after a crash left Sainz out of contention- and he delivered once again.
The Brit finished an excellent sixth, keeping his nose out of the frequent contacts and collisions to bring home some important points for both himself and the Woking-based team.
Norris expressed just how nice it was to decompress after a packed schedule, stating it was ‘needed’ to have some time to relax. Although he was quick to point out his hunger to get back behind the wheel, saying he’s ‘ready to go again.’
“We head to the Russian Grand Prix next, for the first flyaway of the season. The schedule is looking a bit more ‘normal’ for the next few races after three triple-headers. Having time to recharge after nine races in 11 weeks was needed but I’m ready to go again.“
“We know we’ve got our work cut out for us with the midfield competition being so close, but hopefully we can hit the ground running right from FP1 on Friday. “
“The track in Sochi has its own challenges with a mixture of technical 90-degree corners and high-speed straights, not to mention the 180-degree left-hander that is Turn Three. Following on from Mugello, it’ll be great to have fans back in the grandstands again in Russia to cheer us on. Of course, the priority is to ensure they enjoy the race safely, and we want to put on the best show we can for them.”
ANDREAS SEIDL IS VERY SATISFIED WITH THE PROGRESS HIS TEAM HAS MADE ANDREAS SEIDL IS VERY SATISFIED WITH THE PROGRESS HIS TEAM HAS MADE ANDREAS SEIDL IS VERY SATISFIED WITH THE PROGRESS HIS TEAM HAS MADE
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