McLaren F1 Boss Explains What They Have to ‘Fine-Tune’ With Norris After Sochi Debacle

Published 10/08/2021, 5:15 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


The Russian Grand Prix was an eventful race for McLaren’s Lando Norris. The Brit was starting the race from pole position and was on his way to win it. However, as the conditions worsened around Sochi, Norris and his colleagues at the pit wall had a miscommunication.

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The team order him to pit for intermediate tires, but Norris stayed out; a decision that costed him his first victory. However, the team didn’t go home empty-handed, as they took home an important lesson that could help them in future races.

Team Principal of the Woking-based outfit, Andreas Seidl has stated the importance of communication that teams have with their drivers. They hope to learn from their mistake in Sochi and plan to come back stronger.

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Andreas Seidl hopes to improve the communication between teams and drivers

The decision that went against McLaren at the Russian Grand Prix was allowing Norris to stay instead of pitting. As fate would have, the 21-year-old spun, losing the lead to Lewis Hamilton and eventually finishing the race in seventh place. Seidl feels that the team has learned their mistakes and works to improve the communication between team and driver.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 25, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during qualifying REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

As quoted by Speedweek, Seidl said, “We have analyzed the events in Sochi, and one of the lessons from Russia is that we have to fine-tune the communication between the pit wall and the driver.” (Translated from German via Google)

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Will Lando bounce back in Istanbul?

At the Russian GP, the Brit was optimistic after achieving pole position in Saturday’s qualifying session. Additionally, he was on his way to win the race, but the rain prevented him from getting his first win. Norris spun losing the lead to the Mercedes driver, and eventually found himself in a disappointing seventh-place finish.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris is seen before the race REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Now in Istanbul for the Turkish Grand Prix, Norris hopes to bounce back and claim a good result for McLaren. The Brit knows the challenges that await him at the Istanbul Park, but hopes to overcome this weekend.

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What are your predictions for the McLaren driver this weekend in Turkey? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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