Seidl interested to see if McLaren form continues

McLaren Team Principal, Andreas Seidl is interested to see if the team’s form continues at other circuits after an impressive opening two races.

The Woking-based team has had their strongest start to a Formula 1 season since 2014, and currently lies second in the constructors’ championship with 39 points.

Lando Norris secured his maiden podium result in the Austrian Grand Prix, after finishing third, before following it up with a late charge to cross the line fifth last weekend.

Norris’ team-mate Carlos Sainz has also had a strong start, finishing the opening race fifth, although he finished ninth in the Styrian Grand Prix after a slow pitstop.

But, although the results have been strong for McLaren so far, both races have taken place on the same circuit, and Seidl is interested to see if they can carry this form over to other tracks, with the F1 circus heading for Budapest this weekend.

Speaking after the Styrian Grand Prix, the McLaren Team Principal said: “It’s great to see both cars finish in the points, confirming we’re making progress in the right direction.

“We could see that both in dry and wet conditions we have a car that can fight with the competitors around us, which is obviously very encouraging moving forward.

“It will be very interesting to see if we can now carry this performance and momentum into Hungary and to other tracks with different characteristics.”

The McLaren appears to be arguably the third fastest car at this stage of the season, although it is a close call with Racing Point, who have been caught up in incidents in both races so far, and Seidl acknowledges that the Woking-based squad can’t rest on their laurels and will be looking to focus on their weak areas ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“We’ll take away a lot of positives from these first two weekends, but at the same time we’ll focus on all the areas we have to improve.

“As always, we’ll use the time next week to analyse in detail what happened, try to learn from it and come back stronger in Budapest. “