McLaren’s team principal Andreas Seidl believes that the all the work the team has done during the off-season proves to be effective.
McLaren became one of the most improved teams in the 2021 Formula 1 season as the Woking-based team would likely be fighting for third place in the Constructors’ Championship. The team boss Andreas Seidl spoke about its progress and was quite optimistic.
“The hard work everyone has put in over the winter was paying off. It was great to see also in terms of the gap, for example, to Lewis, was only I think around 45 seconds in a race where these guys were proper flat-out. It’s an encouraging sign because it confirms again we made a good step forward with the car and as a team, which is, as I always say, key to get back to the front in some years again and fight for victories,” Seidl said.
The German emphasized that the opponents had improved as well ahead of the season: “A lot of our competitors made some good steps forwards as well. So it was the expected close battle with Ferrari. AlphaTauri are difficult to judge after Pierre [Gasly] had the issue at the beginning.”
Seidl also added that it could have been one of the best starts for McLaren to imagine: “But I’m really happy how our team and drivers pulled it off. Obviously, it’s the best possible start we could have had to this new season. And thank you also to our colleagues from Mercedes, they worked so hard over the winter together with us in order to make sure we are ready for the first race and now we have the first race together with this new partnership under under the belt and it just feels good.”