Daniel Ricciardo Praises Seidl’s ‘German Efficiency’ for Transforming McLaren F1

Published 03/17/2021, 8:24 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Daniel Ricciardo joined McLaren this season on a three-year contract to continue the team’s path back to glory. The Woking outfit had also brought on board Andreas Seidl as the team’s principal in 2019. A year later, the German motorsport engineer helped McLaren claim their best finish since 2012.

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McLaren signed Daniel Ricciardo to help build on their 2020 result. After a successful pre-season testing, the Australian talked about Andreas Seidl, who seems to have already left an impression on the new McLaren driver.

“I really like Andreas. He is a good operator and I think he has contributed a lot to the team and contributed to the structure.”

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SINGAPORE: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after qualifying in second position during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Singapore at Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“Even just some of the discipline in the team, I feel like he is definitely a good guy to be around McLaren right now and I am looking forward to learning more about him and working more with Andreas. So far, so good, German efficiency,” said the Australian.

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McLaren were definitely one of the winners of the pre-season testing. Although Mercedes and Aston Martin struggled with their Mercedes power unit, the Woking outfit had no troubles managing theirs. Ricciardo’s first official outfit with McLaren was very successful.

“From a race weekend, dialling in the strategic stuff with the team and going through, let’s say, a race simulation, I’m pretty comfortable.”

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

However, the Australian believes that he needs more time to get comfortable with the car.

“So it’s just me getting comfortable within myself and the car. It naturally takes a bit of time but I don’t really want to give myself the time,” explained the Australian.

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Daniel Ricciardo had an impressive test run in Bahrain and finished on top of the morning session twice through the weekend. Do you believe Daniel Ricciardo will better his lap times as the season begins? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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