McLaren F1 Team principal Andreas Seidl said having two drivers that have good pace is “key” to McLaren’s resurgence in the sport.

The team finished third in 2020’s constructors’ championship, scoring a total of 202 points with its line-up of Lando Norris, who scored 97 points, and Carlos Sainz, who scored 105.

For this year the team has got a new driver, and that is Daniel Ricciardo, with Sainz moving to Ferrari. McLaren hopes that their new duo of Norris and Ricciardo will be able to keep the momentum, with Seidl saying it’s “key” to have drivers who can fight for good points.

McLaren’s ambitions for this year are to finish third in the constructors’ championship once again, with Brown and both of its drivers saying it would be ‘unrealistic’ to expect them to fight Red Bull or Mercedes.

“As you can imagine it was obviously important for me that when we made the decision to go for Daniel that we simply made sure for the team that we have again also from this year onwards, a very strong diver line-up,” said Seidl.

“Because key in the last two years for securing these positions we could secure in the constructors’ championship was that we always had two drivers who were there and always ready to score good points.

“I’m really happy with what we have seen so far from both guys. It’s great that we again seem to have a very strong driver line-up. We managed to get through both cars [in Bahrain’s] Q3, both guys always very close together.”

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