McLaren’s performance this year has given been given a boost at the Italian Grand Prix, as Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris finished first and second, putting them in third place, with a total of 215 points, while Ferrari are nipping at their heels with 201.5 points. It was the first victory for Ricciardo since 2012, and McLaren’s first double podium since 2012.
Yet Team Principal Andreas Seidl said that McLaren do not have a car that may be capable of fighting for victories every weekend. “Looking at Mercedes and Red Bull they simply have a car that can fight for the win every single weekend,” Seidl told RacingNews365.com.
“We have to keep working hard in order to close this gap on all kind of circuits” Seidl on McLaren cars
Seidl said that there still existed a gap between McLaren and Red Bull or Mercedes. He said that they were not focused on what 1-2 teams were doing, and they are focusing on their performance for this year. The result has been exceptional for them already, but circuits like Zandvoort could completely ruin their plan.
“But of course, a day like Sunday is the best motivation to simply keep going and obviously I’m very happy as well with both drivers,” said Seidl. According to the team principal, Ricciardo says that the team is currently ‘where they want to be’. Daniel has improved a lot since the summer break, and the team can only hope they move in this upward direction.
“This, in addition to Lando, who is in unbelievable form this year. Obviously that’s the driver line-up we want to have, and we need to have in order to fight Ferrari and in order to keep going on our journey towards the front of Formula 1 again.” said Seidl.