McLaren “will not give up” fight for third, says Seidl

McLaren make an encouraging start to the 2020 season, kickstarted by Lando Norris taking his maiden podium in Austria’s season opener.

Since then Norris and teammate Carlos Sainz have been a consistent presence in F1’s upper midfield, sitting fourth in the constructors’ standings after the Spanish Grand Prix, just one point behind Racing Point and one ahead of Ferrari.

When asked by if third place in the championship is a realistic ambition for McLaren, Seidl admitted keeping up with Racing Point on pure pace will be difficult, but he has vowed his team “will not give up as long as there’s a chance”.

“I think the fight we are in, in terms of pure car performance, is with Ferrari and Renault,” Seidl said. ”We have to stay realistic there. If Racing Point actually can use the potential of this car they have, it’s difficult to fight them.

“But with the drivers and the level of execution we have there’s always the chance to still battle them and battle one Red Bull, and that’s what we are aiming for.

“This fight for P3 we will not give up as long as there is a chance.”

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Seidl believes McLaren now “clearly have the fourth-quickest car” and thinks the Woking outfit can use its superior execution of a race weekend to take the fight to Racing Point.

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