Andreas Seidl says it is ‘incredibly difficult’ to predict the competitive order of the Formula 1 grid based on the three days of pre-season testing, and only when racing starts on Sunday will a clearer picture emerge.
Seidl, the Team Principal of the McLaren F1 Team, saw his drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris have a strong-looking pre-season test at the Bahrain International Circuit, with a lot of laps being completed without any significant issues. They also appeared to have a good turn of pace as well as the team adapted to life with Mercedes-Benz power for the first time since 2014.
The whole team are ‘fully focused’ on getting the most out of the MCL35M during 2021, and Seidl is expecting a year of close racing and great battles throughout what he hopes will be a competitive year in Formula 1.
“This week we kick off another exciting year of Formula 1 after a busy and productive winter for the team,” said Seidl. “Lando, Daniel and the entire team are fully focused on what will be a highly competitive and thrilling season as we aim to maintain our momentum from 2020.
“It’s incredibly difficult to predict the pecking order from testing alone, so we will only really begin to see where everyone is on Sunday. What we can be certain of is an even tighter battle this season with McLaren right in the mix.
“The hard work and dedication from every single person in the team over the winter months, alongside Lando, Daniel and our Mercedes colleagues has been outstanding. A massive thanks goes to all of them alongside our partners and, of course, our brilliant fans. We’re ready to hit the track in anger and excited at the prospect of closer racing, great battles and a competitive season ahead.”