“It is no surprise they are coming back”- McLaren foresaw the resurgence of their rivals Ferrari this season with a spectacular performance in Turkey.
Ferrari had a positive outcome in the Turkish Grand Prix, which gave them golden 27 points and a third-place podium to Sebastian Vettel, having his first podium of the season.
This performance by Ferrari has still kept them alive for a third-place finish in the constructors’ race, adding competition for Renault, McLaren and Racing Point.
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Speaking about the enhanced level of competition now, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl showed no shock over Ferrari’s resurgence and rather saw it coming to them.
“[I’m] Not worried or concerned, I am just realistic. I know what a team like Ferrari, with the resources they have can do, and it is no surprise they are coming back during the season,” said Seidl.
“We never underestimated the power that Ferrari has, they have two great drivers also and are obviously a great team. That is the reality we are in.”
Need to focus on conquering the third place
Despite the uninvited competition, after Racing Point, only McLaren looks close to seal the spot of the 2nd runner up, with only a few number of points separating both the teams. Seidl has said that his team has to focus on making most out of the last three races to complete their objectives.
It is important to focus on ourselves and extract the maximum from what we can do with everything we have,” insisted Seidl. “We have a competitive car, which is a great step forward compared to last year.”
We have, I don’t know how many points more compared to this number of races last year, which shows again we made a great step forward with the team.
“But at the same time, we have very strong competitors. We just hope we can keep this battle alive until the last race and we will give it our all as a team.
“I see how committed everyone is inside the team, how great the spirit is in the garage and back home and it gives me a lot of confidence that we can keep this battle alive.
“At the same time, independent of the outcome of this championship, it is important we clearly see we make progress as a team,” he concluded.