After a mediocre result for McLaren during qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix, the racing stable is not thinking about an engine change. Team boss Andreas Seidl explains that there is still enough confidence in the Mercedes engine, although a possible fourth power source is being looked at from day to day.
In qualifying at the Istanbul Park circuit, McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo did not get further than sixteenth place. Teammate Lando Norris was able to limit the damage to the British stable by his P7 start. With Ricciardo in the rear, an engine change seems a good option for the Australian, but Andreas Seidl does not immediately see the need for this.
McLaren has had few problems with the reliability of the Mercedes engine all season, Seidl explains in front of the microphone. “Since the switch to the Mercedes power unit, partly due to the great work they have done during the winter, things are going very well.”
“We have few problems with the engine’s reliability and we expect to keep it that way for the rest of the season.” There is clearly more confidence at the McLaren camp than at Mercedes itself, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have already had to take grid penalties for using a fourth engine.