Andreas Seidl admits that the triple-header just gone was “painful” for McLaren and says they need to accept that.
The British team entered the run of three rounds in three weeks occupying P3 in the Constructors’ Championship, holding a slender 3.5-point lead over Ferrari.
Things couldn’t have gone much worse for them since though, with a combination of poor pace and bad luck meaning that Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris only scored four points between them from Mexico to Qatar.
Ferrari haven’t had such problems and have therefore firmly taken charge in the battle for P3, taking a lead of 29.5 points into the final two rounds of the 2021 campaign.
Seidl admits it’s painful how things have panned out, but feels luck played a bigger part and isn’t too worried about the team’s performances.
“I think to a certain degree we have to accept that it has been tough for the entire team, scoring four points in three races is obviously painful,” said the team principal as per Motorsport.com.
“But if we also look at what happened and how we lost a lot of points, things have been out of our hands or bad luck. And that is part of the sport we are in.
“I think the good thing is that we have seen the gap [in Qatar] and we had a competitive car, two drivers who were competitive on track and the team did a good job with pitstops.
“So we just have to come back to Saudi and strike back.”
That one hurt.
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) November 21, 2021
Indeed, luck hasn’t been on the side of Seidl and co, with Ricciardo being forced to retire in Brazil due to a chassis crack when running well inside the points and a late puncture sending Norris down from P4 to P9 in Qatar.
Seidl found the latter particularly painful given the run the team had been on before the race, but says his team won’t give up in the fight for P3 just yet.
“From my point of view I think he would have been P4 or P5 on merit,” he added.
“That’s obviously an even bigger shame that we had this puncture, because after two unlucky weekends for us in Brazil and Mexico it would have been simply good to score a good result independent of the battle we are in in the Constructors’ Championship.
“Unfortunately with the tyre failure, we missed the opportunity, so the triple-header didn’t really go our way. Sometimes it goes like that in the sport. For us now, it is making sure in the last two races we keep fighting because, as long as it is theoretically possible, we will give it all for the Constructors’ Championship.
“But independent of that, we simply want to finish on a high and score some good results again as we go into the winter break.”