Daniel Ricciardo’s victory was celebrated in a big way by McLaren, but at the same time the British F1 team realizes that they are not yet able to fight with Red Bull and Mercedes. Team boss Andreas Seidl immediately tempered expectations for the rest of the F1 season after the Italian GP.
Despite the crash of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, it can be said that McLaren was able to win the race on the Monza circuit under its own power. There was a good chance that Daniel Ricciardo would have won the race in Italy without the retirements of Verstappen and Hamilton. As a result, McLaren appears to be able to beat Red Bull and Mercedes, but McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl is trying to temper expectations. “Mercedes and Red Bull have a car with which they can win on every F1 circuit,” Seidl begins his story to, among others, Fpal.
“That is exactly the gap between us and those two teams. We are not focused on achieving 1-2 wins or what other teams are doing. We are especially happy with our sensational victory over Monza, but at the same time we were beaten on a performance level at Zandvoort, which shows that we are still lagging behind the two top teams and we have to keep working hard to ensure that we can compete at the front on every track. ”
At the same time, Seidl realizes better than anyone that a win is the best way to keep the team motivated. “It’s great to have a win and then also finish first and second with your drivers. That helps the whole team and of course I am very happy with my drivers,” said Seidl, who never seems to lose his faith in Ricciardo to have.
“Daniel is now back where the team wants to see him. I am very happy with Daniel and the steps he has made in the races after the summer break, which is in addition to the performance of Lando Norris who has been doing fantastic all season. We therefore have the line-up we want and that is necessary in the battle with Ferrari for third place in the constructors’ championship,” said the combative Seidl.
Earlier, McLaren director Zak Brown said in an exclusive interview with Fpal never know to have lost faith in Ricciardo.