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McLaren justifies team orders: We need to maximize results

IMOLA, ITALY – APRIL 18: Third placed Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 looks on in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 18, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Mario Renzi – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl has defended the team’s decision of using team orders to let Lando Norris get past Daniel Ricciardo during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Seidl stated they had an agreement with both drivers that they would use team orders in order to maximize team results during the race.

“We had an agreement with both drivers that we would take team orders in order the maximize the team’s results. If a driver has a better pace than the other at any given time, we take the decision of swapping positions like we’ve done today,” he said.

“In general, we always make sure we let both drivers fight it out on track, but if we have the objective of maximizing results, a decision like the one we’ve taken makes sense.”

Seidl also commented on Norris’s performance during the Grand Prix, praising the young Briton on his work with the team, the engineers, and his attitude change during the winter.

“All of this is the result of the work he has done with the team and with the engineers over the winter to learn and draw the right conclusions. Thanks to this, he started the year by taking a step forward and it can also be clearly seen in a change of his attitude. I’m very happy with what we’ve seen from Lando so far,” he concluded.

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