McLaren’s team principal Andreas Seidl admits McLaren chases the desire to improve results in qualifying sessions in order to beat their rivals Ferrari.
Scuderia Ferrari decreased the gap to McLaren in the battle for third place in the Constructors’ Championship to 5 points last Sunday at the Spanish GP. The factor that helped the Prancing Horses score more points than their rivals did was better qualifying performance, which was vital at such track as Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya due to lack of overtaking opportunities.
Andreas Seidl, McLaren’s team boss, admitted that qualifying pace was their weakness at the start of the 2021 campaign and assured that the Woking-based outfit had a “clear goal” of doing it better on Saturdays to get the advantage over Ferrari.
“If you look at this race weekend, I think we simply have to accept that Ferrari was strong in the race, but if you look at the whole season I think it is clear we need to try to finish higher up on Saturdays,” he said.
“Because in the end, it makes your life on Sunday so much easier if you do your stints in free air without pressure behind, which we managed in some races already this year because of having a good start or a good first lap.”
“And it brought us back to the position where we wanted to be already on Saturday in qualifying,” he added.
“It’s clear, that’s the goal. We want to finish higher up on Saturdays, in the end, you want to finish on Saturday where potential of the car is.”