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McLaren’s Andreas Seidl: “We’ll take away a lot of positives from this opening stint”

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Andreas Seidl, the Team Principal of the McLaren F1 Team, has praised the efforts of his team for getting through the opening trio of races in 2020, with forty points already on the board in the Constructors’ Championship.

The team could only add two points to their tally in last weekends Hungarian Grand Prix as Carlos Sainz Jr. finished ninth, with Lando Norris suffering his first non-points finish of the year in thirteenth after a problematic start for the Briton.

Sainz’s race wasn’t without drama, with the Spaniard being forced to climb up the field after being delayed during his lap three pit stop, and Seidl was impressed with both drivers for not giving up at all until the chequered flag fell.

“First of all, a big thank you to the entire race team for completing our first triple-header of 2020,” said Seidl.  “We really pulled through as a team and we’re travelling back to the UK with 40 points in the Constructors’ World Championship.

“Unfortunately, after two very good weekends, our race here in Hungary was compromised from the start. Lando had an issue off the line that lost him a lot of positions, but he kept fighting and made his way back up to P13.

“With Carlos, we were unlucky. He lost several positions after his pit-stop when the pit-lane was blocked with other cars, not allowing him to leave the pit-box. It took a great drive from him to make it back to P10 after that. Both drivers fought excellently, giving it their all right to the end and not giving up.”

Seidl says the team will use the weeks gap between Hungary and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone to regroup and analyse everything they’ve done across the opening three races of the year, with the aim to add to the forty points they’ve already earned in that time.

“We now go home and will take the next few days to reset and analyse in detail what happened over these first races,” insisted Seidl.  “To complete three races in three weeks has required a huge effort from the team, and I’m pleased with how we’ve risen to this challenge.

“The team, both at the track and back at home at the MTC, has worked hard to maximise our performance, and it’s thanks to their efforts that we come away with such a strong points haul. We’ll take away a lot of positives from this opening stint, but also know there are areas in which we must improve.

“We’ll use the time we have before going to Silverstone to do just that.”

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