While the second position of Charles Leclerc in the British Grand Prix helped to narrow the gap between McLaren and Ferrari slightly in the constructors’ standings, which is now only 15 points, McLaren nonetheless achieved a good collective performance by placing its drivers, Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, fourth and fifth.
Scuderia Ferrari seems to be on a good dynamic, especially after the tire problems encountered at Le Castellet last month by Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, since then registering a total of 54 units against 53 for McLaren. The fight for third place is therefore well underway on the constructors’ side, and this encourages the Woking team not to release the pressure.
Andreas Seidl, director of the British structure, revealed after the Silverstone race that new parts are expected on the MCL35M during the Hungarian Grand Prix, next week at the Hungaroring, with the aim of boosting its performance especially against the competition de la Scuderia, who had shown himself particularly at ease on a track which has points in common with that of Budapest, namely Monaco.
“We will be making some improvements to our car in Hungary to make sure the battle continues.”, said the German. “It’s great for us that we’re third in the constructors’ championship. And after ten races, 163 points, it’s still a big step forward for us compared to last year. So I’m very happy. of that. “
At the same time last season, McLaren had 106 points and one less podium. Ferrari is also doing better than last year – and that is saying something since the Italian team had its worst season in 40 years in 2020 – with 148 units to date against 74 at the same stadium.
Seidl claimed that he was “not surprised” by Ferrari’s performance at Silverstone, nor by the progress the team seems to be making since the start of the campaign: “I’m also not surprised by the progress they can make in one season, because they’re a strong team with two strong drivers.”
“They also have all the resources they need to react to problems. They have the team with the experience to react to difficulties, so it’s no surprise. It will be a very difficult battle until the end. of the season.”