McLaren F1 Boss Seidl Taking Down Notes on Psychological Warfare from Wolff & Horner

Published 08/10/2021, 8:09 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Team Principal Toto Wolff with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Away from the racetrack, the most talked-about incident is the ongoing battle between Team Principals, Toto Wolff, and Christian Horner. Amidst the turmoil, McLaren’ Andreas Seidl has taken this as a learning experience.

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Ever since the events at Silverstone where Lewis Hamilton took out Max Verstappen. Red Bull boss Horner has been attacking the Silver Arrows. However, Wolff of Mercedes hasn’t backed down either and defended his Brackley-based colleagues.

Things escalated at the recent Hungarian GP, where Valtteri Bottas damaged both Red Bulls in the opening lap. This saw things heat up even more between the team bosses.

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McLaren boss is learning a lesson from the rift between Horner & Wolff

F1 isn’t just fighting on track anymore. It is also about the psychology of the teams on the grid, as shown between the Silver Arrows and the Raging Bulls. Hence, Seidl thinks he is picking up key factors as Toto and Christian continue their battle.

As quoted by Speedweek, Seidl said, “Well, I’m already following this. I always look at what other teams are doing, even off the racetrack, because you can often learn something from them.”

(Quotes have been translated)

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

“One day you could find yourself in a similar situation, so I’m watching it. It’s not that I spend too much time on it, but there is always something to learn,” Seidl concluded.

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How is McLaren doing while Mercedes and Red Bull fight?

While their rivals are fighting for the championship, the Woking-based outfit is trying to regain their third-place spot in the standings against Ferrari.

Both teams are at equal points, but it is the Italian team that has the edge over them as they head into the summer break. However, the papaya team knows they will need both Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris to bring their A-game to Spa for the Belgium Grand Prix.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice REUTERS/Florion Goga

They hope to seize maximum points and aim to gain back the position they lost to the Maranello-based squad. Can Seidl & Co take some lessons from Wolff or Horner that could help them this season? Well, we will just have to wait and find out.

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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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