“We benefited from the bad luck Checo had” – McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl has chosen to take the cautious route for the battle of the Top 3.
The race for the Top 3 has intensified, with three teams vying for the top positions. McLaren is third on 171 points, ahead of Racing Point on 154, Renault on 144, and Ferrari on 131. McLaren F1 boss Andreas Seidl is confident of their chances but sounded realistic of things going in any direction.
“Obviously the outcome is great for us, for this battle in the constructors’ championship. At the same time, we’re also aware that we benefited from the bad luck Checo had. But we also had races like this year, it is simply part of the competition we are in. It’s important to not get carried away with the result, we just need one bad race or a DNF and it can switch back quickly.”
We were lucky with Racing Point DNFs – Lando Norris
Lando Norris seconded his boss’ opinion, calling them lucky because of the engine failure Sergio Perez suffered at the end. The Brit also realizes how quick Racing Point is, and the possibility of them taking the elusive third spot in the Constructors’ Standings.
“We were lucky with the Racing Point not finishing in the end, he (Perez) was on for a podium, so fair play to him. But they were way too quick for us, 21 seconds or 22 seconds ahead at the time.”
“They have a good pace, and they have through the majority of the year. But we’ve had some unlucky races this year too, where we’ve been fighting for big points, like for me at Nurburgring, and it could happen to us in the next two weekends.”
“So it’s nothing to joke about or smile about or get too happy about, I think we just take it as an advantage. But we still focus on ourselves for the next few weekends.”
The two British teams have had quality battles all throughout the season, and it would be intriguing to see which teams take the ‘podium’ for this season. One thing is safe to say here, the battle for the Top 3 has been way more exciting than anywhere else on the table, especially with Mercedes dominating the season from start to finish.