Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo completed fifth and sixth in Australia, their greatest outcomes of the season up to now, as McLaren develop in confidence.
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Andreas Seidl is assured that McLaren’s poor show on the Bahrain Grand Prix was nothing greater than a one-off, buoyed by the workforce’s improved exhibiting in Australia.
Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo each completed exterior the factors on the season opener in Sakhir after a nightmare qualifying that noticed Ricciardo exit in Q1.
Since then, McLaren have seen their tempo construct step by step, with Norris scoring factors in Jeddah earlier than the workforce completed better of the remainder (fifth and sixth) at Albert Park.
The workforce nonetheless have a solution to go earlier than they’ll be part of Mercedes, Crimson Bull and Ferrari within the World Championship struggle – however Seidl is feeling assured.
“I feel we have now a package deal which is ready to struggle for high 10 positions at each race,” mentioned Seidl, talking on the F1 Nation podcast.
“I feel Bahrain was only a very particular race weekend for us, as a result of we misplaced all of the laps earlier than once we could not do the take a look at.
“It is clearly not the place we wish to be. We wish to have a extra aggressive package deal, however we’re engaged on it. I am assured that, with a little bit of time, we’ll come again.”
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Simply as he did throughout his debut season at McLaren, Ricciardo has discovered himself enjoying catch-up to Norris through the early rounds.
The younger Briton has managed to construct an eight-point benefit over his skilled Australian teammate.
However in Australia, Ricciardo was advised to carry place behind Norris because the quantity 4 automobile nursed energy points through the closing laps.
“I feel crucial factor for [Ricciardo] can also be to see that we’re making progress,” Seidl defined.
“He had a superb weekend as effectively. It was just about the identical efficiency from each guys all weekend, which is what I wish to have.
“I want two high guys within the automobile to be within the struggle for the Constructors’ Championship positions. I feel from this viewpoint, it is all good.”
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