Sport Andreas Seidl warns: Must not overestimate second McLaren podium
McLaren to keep 'open book' approach with Sainz through 2020 in F1
McLaren has no concerns about remaining open on information with Carlos Sainz Jr. through the 2020 Formula 1 season despite his planned move to Ferrari for next year .Sainz will leave McLaren at the end of the season and join Ferrari after being confirmed as four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel's replacement in May.Sainz still has one complete F1 season to race with McLaren after the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of the campaign, which is now due to begin on 5 July in Austria.
Since Andreas Seidl joinedlast year and the team with the driver duo Carlos Sainz / Lando Norris is out, things are going better and better for the team from Woking. After Sainz's third place in Brazil in 2019, which was awarded to him afterwards, Norris again made it onto the podium in Spielberg.
Again a penalty for Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) ensured that a McLaren benefited.- after driving the fastest race lap close enough to land in front of Hamilton, who was set back five seconds.
McLaren's Formula One future was never a doubt, says Seidl
UK-MOTOR-F1-MCLAREN:McLaren's Formula One future was never a doubt, says SeidlLONDON (Reuters) - McLaren's Formula One future was never in doubt despite a cash crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and now resolved by a fresh injection of funds, team principal Andreas Seidl said on Tuesday.
Of course, the joy was not only overwhelming for Norris, but for the entire team, even if the celebrations were somewhat limited due to the strict corona measures. "It's the best thing that could have happened to us at the start of the new season," team boss Seidl sums up the podium result in Spielberg.Seidl: "Mustn't let us get carried away by it"
"It is also a great confirmation that we are going in the right direction with everything we want to do as a team. We made a good step forward with the car, and I think on the team side, too, we have succeeded in our way of working, "continues Seidl. "I'm just proud to be part of it."
Nevertheless, the German warns against being cocky. Because: "At the same time, it is only a race weekend. We have seen some cars fail, so it is important not to get carried away too much, to keep a cool head and to analyze what we could have done better. "
McLaren happy with F1's COVID response since Melbourne
UK-MOTOR-F1-MCLAREN:McLaren happy with F1's COVID response since MelbourneLONDON (Reuters) - McLaren withdrew from Formula One's doomed Australian season-opener in March when an employee tested positive for COVID-19, but team boss Andreas Seidl is confident this weekend's second attempt in Austria will be very different.
This is how Seidl sees the need for modernization in the infrastructure, "because we are simply not where we want to be when we want to fight against the top teams. We still have a lot to improve when it comes to how we work as a team, however of course it's good to see that the first steps are already paying off. "McLaren open to Racing Point and Ferrari
In the midfield,currently appears as McLaren's strongest competitor. However, their race in Spielberg was compromised by the loss of Lance Stroll and a penalty for Sergio Perez. But otherwise, it is difficult for Seidl to make a direct comparison with the pink cars after the season opener, he admits.
"We had different strategies after the first pit stop because Perez continued with the medium tire and we with the hard one. It was therefore difficult to know whether the medium would have come to an end and we would have caught it," explains Seidl the different racing strategies of the teams.
He said the fact that "after a few doubts about our pace on Friday we caught up with Racing Point and the Ferraris" as encouraging. Coupled with the prospect of "some good updates" in the coming weeks and months, this gives a lot of impetus for the immediate future.
F1 Styrian GP grid could be set by FP2 times if Saturday rained off .
Formula 1 is making preparations for a potential qualifying wash-out at the Styrian Grand Prix, with teams told the grid could be set by second free practice times .Current weather forecasts predict extensive rain showers on Saturday, which could be enough for either free practice or qualifying to be abandoned.Potential scenarios of what to do if that plays out were discussed in the team managers' meeting at the Red Bull Ring on Thursday evening, and a formal document sent out by F1 race director Michael Masi on Friday morning.