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F1 | Seidl "not surprised" of Ferrari's comeback

McLaren team principal talked about the last race, stressing how the team maybe choosed the wrong strategy, but saying at the same time that he hopes to keep staying in the battle for the third place in the Constructors' until the end

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F1 | Seidl "not surprised" of Ferrari's comeback
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If Lewis Hamilton won the title in the last race in Turkey, the battle for the third place in the Constructors' Championship between Racing Point, McLaren, Renault and Ferrari will be decided in the last races.

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl spoke about the third and fourth place obtained by Ferrari in the last race, that brought the Italian team now only 19 points behind Mclaren, and 24 behind Racing Point, that right now occupies the third position.

"It was obviously great for us to score this result because it kept us in the fight in the Constructors’ Championship, which is good", Seidl told RaceFans.net. "But we definitely do not have the third or fourth quickest car at the moment in this battle. And with what we have seen also from Ferrari, one more good result and suddenly the fight is between four teams for this third, fourth, fifth and sixth".

Talking about Ferrari's coming back after the difficult beginnning of the season, Seidl explained: "I know what a team like Ferrari, with all the resources they have, can do and it’s not a surprise that they are coming back during the season. We never underestimated the power that Ferrari has. They have two great drivers, also, and obviously a great team. So that’s the reality we’re in".

"It’s simply important to focus on ourselves, to see that we extract the maximum from what we can do with everything we have. We have a competitive car which is a great step forward compared to last year".

Seidl hopes to keep staying in the battle for the third place until the last race, and he also added that maybe on Sunday the strategy chosen by the team was not the best one.

"If you just look at the race, obviously it feels a bit of maybe even a missed opportunity because with the pace we had in the car and being so close to the Ferraris in the end, maybe if we would have pushed more as a team together with Carlos, maybe it would have been possible to score even more points".

"But at the same time, it was a tricky decision to make because it was also very much in terms of tyre life. So you can also quickly end up with zero points. Overall I think it was well-managed by the team together with the drivers and happy with the outcome".

"What was impressive was simply that the pace we could show, especially on the intermediate tyres, the car was somehow switched on. As soon as you had a bit of free air, Carlos had it or Lando especially, then it was actually a very surprising, competitive pace", Seidl stressed.

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