McLaren Boss Opens Up on How Daniel Ricciardo & Lando Norris Are Coping With Team’s Failures

Published 04/03/2022, 7:41 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 McLaren Managing Director Andreas Seidl in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

McLaren had a poor start this season, failing to get a single point at the season opener in Bahrain and then getting 6 points in the Jeddah race. The McLaren duo is having a hard time with the new car, but they are still trying to get the best out of the car, which impresses their team principal.

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The F1 fans expected the Papaya team to join the battle in front of the grid this season. However, all those hopes crashed after a poor start in 2022. The team has been struggling with the brakes, resulting in them being one of the slowest teams on the grid.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 18, 2022 McLaren’s Lando Norris during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

However, the young McLaren driver Norris bagged a P7 in Jeddah. On the other hand, teammate Honey Badger had to retire from the race. After the race, the young Brit even revealed that the car still has the same issues as it did in Bahrain; and the Jeddah track just suited the car better.

Andreas Seidl on his drivers’ impressive mental strength

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl is aware of his drivers’ disappointment with the car. Thus, the Woking base is trying its best to eliminate those problems of MCL36. But Seidl is also happy that how his drivers are staying strong despite the poor results.

Seidl reported, “I was really very happy to see, despite the disappointment for Lando and Daniel, and they deserve a better car from us, how they are dealing with the situation.”

“They kept the positivity up throughout the weekend in Bahrain. They understand it is not just about driving the car, it is also about showing leadership, especially in these situations, together with me as well,” Seidl concluded.

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Can McLaren make a comeback in 2022?

As things stand, the MCL36 is not producing the performance the team wants. So, they are even having a hard time fighting for the midfield, where they have been dominating for the past few seasons. Meanwhile, their rival Ferrari joined Red Bull for the championship fight at the front of the grid.

However, the English F1 team still has hopes to return to their older form in 2022. Seidl shared, “It is our responsibility now that we lead the team back to where we want to be, back to where we have to be. As I said before, I am confident we will come back.”

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McLaren is preparing for the upcoming Australian GP next week. It will be special for them as it will be a home race for their driver, Ricciardo. Let’s see if the Honey Badger can impress his home fans with the McLaren MCL36.

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Ripan Majumdar

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Ripan Majumdar is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Science from West Bengal State University, Kolkata. Ripan is a massive Red Bull Racing and Sergio Perez fan, and has been following the sport for over the past few years.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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