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F1 | British GP | Andreas Seidl: "We didn’t stop Lando at the first opportunity...at the end that cost us."

Team Principal of McLaren F1 Team, Andreas Seidl, has said his team will analyse how they lost out on P5 for Lando Norris but will still take away a lot of positives from Silverstone.

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F1 | British GP | Andreas Seidl: "We didn’t stop Lando at the first opportunity...at the end that cost us."
Fuente imagen: Hasan Bratic - Motorlat.com

Team Principal of McLaren F1 Team, Andreas Seidl, has reflected on Lando Norris just missing out on P5 at Silverstone, the positives which his team can take away from the British Grand Prix and the most important news to come from the weekend – that all drivers in major crashes were relatively unharmed.

Whereas Daniel Ricciardo came home P13 after suffering a lack of pace and then DRS issues late on at Sunday’s British Grand Prix, the same could not be said for the young British racer Lando Norris. McLaren’s driver continued to impress as he crossed the line in P6 and with it claimed 8 points for the Woking-based manufacturer. Unfortunately, with Fernando Alonso being able to make the jump on Norris at the final pitstop, after a late Safety Car, the Alpine racer secured P5 despite the pace of McLaren’s MCL36. This meant that Alpine are now just 6 points behind McLaren in the F1 Constructors’ Championship.

Speaking to select media post-race, which included Motorlat, Team Principal of McLaren F1 team, Andreas Seidl reflected on what could have been.

“We didn’t stop Lando at the first opportunity, obviously then Fernando being behind has the chance to do the opposite without losing a position. at the end that cost us then the position. Something we will anlayse after the race next week and see if we could have done anything different in order to keep the position.” Seidl explained.

Even though his team will analyse this race, the popular Team Principal was quick to comment that there were a lot of positives which could be taken away from Silverstone

“For us, the positive we take away is that we had a more competitive car this weekend and we’re back in the points after two difficult races,” said Seidl.  “Lando looked competitive all day but unfortunately lost out to Fernando in the final pit-stop, behind the Safety Car.”


The remarks of Andreas Seidl then reflected all which were heard throughout the paddock on a day which had brought so much anxiety. The British Grand Prix crowd witnessed two huge crashes in the F1 and F2 races. Zhou Guanyu, Alexander Albon and George Russell were all involved in a big crash at the opening corner of Silverstone’s main event. While earlier in the day, Roy Nissany and Dennis Hauger had a coming together in the Formula 2 Feature race earlier in the day. Miraculously, all walked away relatively unharmed thanks to the halo device.

“The most important thing is that all drivers involved in accidents today, F1 and Formula 2, are doing well,” said Seidl.  “Motorsport works hard to improve safety and what we saw today demonstrates why that is essential.”

Andreas Seidl had mentioned that Daniel Ricciardo’s weekend ‘didn’t go to plan’ but with such a congested F1 season, the team will not have to wait long for the next opportunity as this weekend is the Austrian Grand Prix.

“So, some positive signs and, as always, a lot to learn before we get going again five days from now in Austria, on a circuit where we’ve had tremendous results in recent years,” Seidl said.  “Before then, I have to say thanks to the entire team here at the track and back at the factory, together with our colleagues at HPP, for all of their efforts this week.”

Having seen Lando Norris previously reach the podium at the Red Bull Ring, there is every reason for confidence to remain high when the team arrives in Austria. Also, if the team can get to the bottom of the MCL36 gremlins which impacted Daniel Ricciardo, there is also every reason to expect to see the Honey Badger back alongside Lando Norris battling in the points. That would certainly be a welcome sight to F1 fans and much needed to McLaren F1 Team as they seek to remain in front of Alpine during a closely contested F1 season.

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