McLaren was 'second force' behind Mercedes at Italian GP

At the end of the 2020 F1 Italian Grand Prix, McLaren is the team with the most points (30). Carlos Sainz finished second with a few tenths of the victory, having passed the first part of the race in a solid second place far behind Lewis Hamilton. Lando Norris, fourth at the checkered flag, was in third place for a time.

For Andreas Seidl, without the mid-race events, his two drivers would have consistently finished on the podium. When Asked the German leader if his feelings were mixed after such a race, he replied: "A very short period of disappointment. We're going to leave here with a lot of positives, because at the end of the day today we scored some very important points for the constructors' championship."

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"And I think the most important thing today is that we actually had a very competitive car, and behind the Mercedes I think you could say we were the second best force today, which was very pleasant to see. And, again, another great confirmation that we made a good step forward with the car during the winter. "

“Then when I also see the execution of the race today by the strategy guys team, it's clear that we also made a lot of progress on the team side. Obviously we have again saw today that we had two heroes of the discipline in our cars, two sensational drivers who did everything well at the start, during the restarts, and put in a sensational performance. "

“Great to also see how the team, under the leadership of Andrea Stella, is working with James Key on the development side to continue to push and guide the direction of development. The guys at the plant under the leadership from Piers Thynne, and the production … They went out of their way to ensure that the parts were delivered as quickly as possible. Very happy, I have to say. "

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Seidl also added that while Valtteri Bottas didn't suffer from performance loss issues, the McLarens had the pace to hold on to third and fourth places. "It was just good to see that with a normal race I think – if Valtteri hadn't had a problem – we definitely would have been in a position to be P3 / P4 today. Or after Valtteri's problem , I think we could have finished P2 / P3, which is obviously a very encouraging sign leaving Monza, and we are looking forward to the second half of the season. "

“I think we had seen at Spa, already, that the low downforce package was competitive. But I think with the Monza track, where you use even less downforce, as well as the combination of turns, their characteristics , it kind of put the car in its comfort zone, where we were able to use a lot of the strength of the car. "

"It's encouraging to see that our car seems to be competitive on all kinds of circuits. We're still able to go into Q3, we're still able to fight with the cars around us which is a good thing and we gives a lot of optimism before tackling Mugello and the following races. "

Sainz reassured to find the qualities of the McLaren - McLaren was 'second force' behind Mercedes at Italian GP

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