McLaren team principal Andreas Siedl recently apologized to his Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo for the mechanical issue that cost Ricciardo a points finish in Saudi Arabia.
During the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo was showing solid pace for the team, driving ahead of teammate Lando Norris in 11th place just outside of the points when his MCL36 suddenly stalled on Lap 38 of the 50-lap Grand standing came price.
Daniel Ricciardo was one of the three people who decided to start the Grand Prix on a set of hard Pirelli tires and later in the race it began to appear that McLaren’s decision to put Ricciardo on hard compounds from the start was one that was the right decision.
Ricciardo was poised to claim his first points of the 2022 Formula 1 season.
Andreas Seidl to apologize to Daniel Ricciardo
Andreas Seidl said, speaking about Ricciardo’s suffering in Saudi Arabia: “Of course we can only apologize to Daniel for not giving him the material he deserved because I think it was a strong weekend from his side.”
“With the strategy we took with him to set him apart a bit after he was stuck in the early stint, I think it would have paid off and I think he could have finished right where Lando left off.”
“When asked what was the problem that had caused the car to stop, Seidl added: “We still have to analyze why exactly we lost the drive. It’s something we’ve experienced for the first time.”
Lando Norris, on the other hand, was able to finish the Saudi Arabian GP in 7th place, earning his and McLaren’s first points of the 2022 season.
“Certainly we had two great drives with Lando and Daniel maximizing everything we could give them at the moment with this car [but]Let’s not forget, of course, that we also benefited from the retirement of the cars“Seidl continues.
“Just a good motivation for all of us to keep working hard to get more power into the car as quickly as possible in the coming weeks and races.”
The McLaren team are trying their best to get their MCL36 back up to speed with the others in midfield and the next opportunity to do so is in Australia, which will also be Daniel Ricciardo’s home race of the 2022 season.
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