As the championship battle is roaring between McLaren and Ferrari, Seidl requires both his drivers to score points at every race. The German urges Ricciardo to live up to the challenge.
Ricciardo seemed to show good improvements in the last few races. The Australian had a similar race pace compared to teammate Lando Norris during the French Grand Prix and made a good impression during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. However, the Styrian Grand outing was way more difficult for Ricciardo. Just like in Monaco, the 31-year-old could not explain his lack of pace and found himself totally adrift compared to Norris, especially in qualifying.
McLaren is currently in a fierce championship fight for P3 against Ferrari. As Sainz is getting more and more comfortable with the Italian outlet, things are starting to spice up for the Woking-based team that is currently leading the battle by 12 points.
As the mid-season mark is approaching, McLaren’s team principal implied that he will now await more from Ricciardo. The German wants both his drivers to perform at the highest possible level and exploit the full potential of the seemingly high-performing MCL35M.
“Given the battle we are in, both cars have to score points every weekend,” Seidl told Auto Motor und Sport.
“Of course he [Ricciardo] was disappointed he couldn’t continue the good development of the last few races. Just like us, he didn’t expect to have to fight like that in qualifying.”
“The fact that we are now driving on the same track again is perfect for his learning process. We can check whether we have drawn the right conclusions.”