McLaren had convinced at Imola, with Lando Norris conquering a podium, finishing third, with an MCL36 that appeared in much better shape than the first GPs.
On the new American track in Miami, however, the Woking team took a slight step backwards, both in qualifying and in the race, showing themselves less efficient than Mercedes and Alfa Romeo.
Lando Norris had the opportunity to score points, were it not for the sudden contact with Gasly which compromised his race, even if he was not competitive enough to compete for fifth position with Mercedes and Alfa.
At the end of the race, McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl commented on the race to Motorlat.com and other selected media outlets.
“I think if we compare this race with the ones in Melbourne and Imola, it was definitely [the performance] track specific, temperature specific,” the German said.
“We didn't have the performance that we had at the previous two race weekends, I think it it was all a reality check also of where we are. This performance was clearly more in line with what we have seen in Bahrain, or also in Jeddah."
"I think we knew, going into this race today, that there was only a chance to fight for, let's say, a couple of points or so," - he explained - "Because both Mercedes cars and Bottas were clearly quicker. But, unfortunately, let’s say that the race didn’t go as planned, we simply didn't maximise everything on track, with the incident that involved Lando and everything, and that’s why we scored zero points.
“It was a bit disappointing. I think Lando [Norris] was still in that position because we played the long game, we stopped late and then we had a benefit in the end with the tyres. I think we were still in a position where we could’ve scored points, but unfortunately the incident took away any chances.
“On Daniel side, he was stuck behind because of the DRS, but he definitely had a better pace than the cars in front of him.”
He then explained that McLaren's performance is certainly not the only isolated case on the grid, in a season full of changes that saw almost all the teams facing problems due to the revolutions introduced by the new regulations.
“I think it’s still early, everyone’s dealing with the weaknesses of their cars. We know about these weaknesses and that’s why we’re working hard back home [In woking], to solve them. That’s what we have to focus on.
“Before this race we also had an idea on where we need to focus. There’s still a lot of work to do in order to develope the car, to bring updates on track, so now we’re looking forward to see that for the next races,” Seidl concluded.