After struggling the first couple of races into the F1 2022 season, McLaren has found their way back into important performances and improvements after scoring a P3 at Imola, in the last F1 race.
MotorLat was in a virtual media event with Andreas Seidl and selected media, as the German was questioned about the importance of this result inside the team’s spirits. Also, how Lando Norris’ podium puts the team in a position where the MCL36 was the best out of all the Mercedes-powered challengers on the grid.
“I don't get any pleasure by being for a single weekend in front of Mercedes,” said the McLaren boss.
“Our aim is, when we wake up in the morning, to win races. We're not in the position to do that at the moment, because we're not there yet. But we're working hard to have everything in place in order for race wins. And that's what we focus on.”
“We need to close the gap in the next years. On the infrastructure side, to compete with the teams in front of us; we need to close the gap in terms of experience, also, within the team. Ultimately we need to close the gap in terms of on-track performance. That's what we are focused on.”
The Team Principal was asked whether the result made the team confident that the McLaren challenger would now be a good car in all different kinds of circuits.
“Never too confident, because I know that, the machinery in this paddock, with all teams, is never standing still,” Seidl stated.
“But I'm confident that we have a car in hands with a great package which is able, at the moment, to fight forward, and for good points, together with a strong team and two strong drivers.”
“Because it's not just about lap-time performance. Is also about how, during the weekend, we make a really big compromise with the team. And it's just great to see how everything is coming together; race strategy, great tyre management… And obviously with results like this [Norris P3 in Imola], is a great motivation to the team to keep working hard,” he concluded.