McLaren boss Andreas Seidl admits the poor result in the last few races has been painful, but he still sees the positives, and that is that they want to fight back at the Saudi Grand Prix. Last year, McLaren quite unexpectedly secured third place in the Constructor Championship.
This year, things have been promising, especially in the first part of the season. In addition, the Woking team was still in third place five races before, 17.5 points ahead of its biggest competitor in that fight. However, Ferrari picked up the pace - also with the help of a new engine - and thus successfully beat McLaren, who was weakening at the same time.
In two races before the end, Ferrari now has a 39.5 point advantage over the British team. In the last three races, Mclaren has managed to win just four points - finishing twice in the tenth and one-ninth place by Lando Norris.
The bad result last weekend in Qatar was especially painful. “In my opinion, the fourth or fifth place would be possible,” Seidl says. However, Norris suffered a flat tire, and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo had fuel problems.
"After two unfortunate weekends for us in Brazil and Mexico, it would simply be good to achieve a strong result," he explains, "also regardless of the fight in the constructors' championship."
Positive things in Qatar
On the other hand, the McLaren boss sees some positive things they managed to show at the Qatar Grand Prix in terms of pace.
"It's very positive that we were able to show the pace this weekend," says the German. "You can always learn a lot from the (racing) weekend, no matter what the end result is," he said. Still, Seidl admits it was painful to win just four points in three races, which he attributes to unfortunate situations.
"I think we have to accept to some extent that it was difficult for the whole team. Winning four points in three races is obviously painful, ”he admits. "But when we look at what happened and how we lost points, things got out of hand or we weren't lucky, it's part of our sport."
“The good thing is that we had a competitive car in Qatar, two drivers who were competitive on the track, and we did a good job with going to the pits. Therefore, we will go to Saudi Arabia and fight back there, ”Seidl assures.