(Motorsport-Total.com) – Since Andreas Seidl joined McLaren last year and the team with the driver duo Carlos Sainz / Lando Norris is on the road, things are going better and better for the team from Woking. After Sainz’s third place in Brazil 2019, which was awarded to him afterwards, Norris made it onto the podium again in Spielberg.
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Again, a penalty for Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) made a McLaren benefit. This time it was Norris who moved up to third place – after driving the fastest lap close enough to land in front of Hamilton, who was set back five seconds.
Of course, the joy was not only overwhelming for Norris, but for the entire team, even if the celebrations were somewhat limited due to the strict corona measures. “It’s the best thing that could have happened to us at the start of the new season,” team boss Seidl sums up the podium result in Spielberg.
Seidl: “Mustn’t let us get carried away by it”
“It is also a great confirmation that we are going in the right direction with everything we want to do as a team. We have made a good step forward with the car, and I think that is also true for us on the team side our way of working was successful, “continues Seidl. “I’m just proud to be part of it.”
Nevertheless, the German warns against being cocky. Because: “At the same time, it is only a race weekend. We have seen some cars fail, so it is important not to get carried away too much, to keep a cool head and to analyze what we could have done better. “
For example, Seidl sees a need for modernization in the infrastructure, “because we are simply not where we want to be when we want to fight against the top teams. We still have a lot to improve when it comes to how we work as a team, but of course it’s good to see that the first steps are already paying off. “
McLaren open to Racing Point and Ferrari
In the midfield, Racing Point currently appears as the strongest competitor for McLaren. However, their race in Spielberg was compromised by the loss of Lance Stroll and a penalty for Sergio Perez. But otherwise, it is difficult for Seidl to make a direct comparison with the pink cars after the season opener, he admits.
“We had different strategies after the first pit stop because Perez continued with the medium tire and we with the hard one. It was difficult to know whether the medium would have come to the end and we would have caught it,” explains Seidl different racing strategies of the teams.
However, he says the fact that “after a few doubts about our pace on Friday we caught up with Racing Point and the Ferraris” as encouraging. Coupled with the prospect of “some good updates” in the coming weeks and months, this gives a lot of impetus for the immediate future.