In Singapore, McLaren F1 overtook Alpine in the constructors’ championship. The Woking team took advantage of Lando Norris’ fourth place and Daniel Ricciardo’s fifth to close their gap against their rival, author of a zero point in the City-State. Nevertheless, its director Andreas Seidl remains cautious.
“Well, if you look at how the races went from France, I think it was back and forth” replied the German. “Alpine had a great weekend at Spa where we had a lot of problems.
« And on the other hand, we had the opportunity to do the same thing in Singapore when they were having problems. So I think it’s just an open battle. I think it’s very close in terms of performance too. We are not getting carried away by this result. »
« We know that the battle we are having against the Alpines in the constructors’ championship is very difficult and that is why we are fully aware that this battle could last until the last lap in Abu Dhabi. I think we have a car solid, I think we have a great team at the factory and here on the circuit and we have two great riders. »
« And that means we have everything he needs to keep this battle alive until the last round in Abu Dhabi, and that’s what we’re going to try. I’m happy with those 22 points, but at the same time , I have a realistic vision of this result. »
« World-class drivers »
Seidl salutes a result due to the driving of Norris and Ricciardo, but also to an opportunistic strategy which was perfectly managed, thanks to a late stop which made it possible to take advantage of the safety car.
« The team did a great job on the pit wall, as well as good communication with the drivers, to find the right balance between trying to get a good result, but at the same time being patient and not taking any unnecessary risks. »
“Obviously it was good to watch what George [Russell] was doing after switching too soon to medium tyres, and it was clear at some point that that would have meant an unnecessary risk of switching too soon. Drivers obviously report how they feel on the track. »
« We tried to match that with the data that we see. In the end I think that helped lock in the position that Daniel was in anyway and of course from Daniel’s side we benefited from the virtual safety car and the fact that we stayed on the track for a long time. »
« Based on that, together with the drivers, we made the decisions that we made and I’m very happy that they were the right ones. I have to salute our drivers, we saw a lot of drivers going out long or going into the barriers and Lando and Daniel got nothing today, which shows they are world-class riders. »