McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl stated that the outcome of the Sao Paulo GP is a “big disappointment” for them.
On Sunday, McLaren had an opportunity to capitalize on Alpine’s problems the day before. However, the Woking-based outfit did not use the opportunity.
Daniel Ricciardo was out of the race after a collision with Kevin Magnussen on the opening lap, while Lando Norris retired on lap 52 due to a mechanical issue.
Ahead of the Abu Dhabi GP, Alpine is 19 points ahead of McLaren in the battle for 4th place in the Constructors’ Championship.
“Obviously what happened today [on Sunday] to us is a big disappointment because we had a great opportunity today. But in the end, we have to acknowledge that as a team we didn’t manage to pull it off today,” Seidl said.
“Two incidents on-track that were not really necessary and at the same time our main competitor for P4 in the championship, Alpine, scored big. That puts us in a position where we’re 19 points behind for Abu Dhabi, which obviously makes it difficult to stay in the fight for P4.
“But at the same time we’re competitive, we’re sports guys, and as long as it is very clearly possible we will simply focus on ourselves, make sure we put it all once more [to do our best] in Abu Dhabi. Then in the end, whatever the outcome is, we have to accept it.”