McLaren had its worst weekend of the year at the last Grand Prix in Russia. With this 0 points, the English team of course had a very bad operation in the constructors' standings and saw Racing Point return like Renault.
At the Nürburgring this Sunday, McLaren therefore has no choice: we will have to bounce back, at the risk of losing this famous 3rd place. McLaren F1 manager Andreas Seidl is aware of the challenge …
“We came back from Russia without any points in the championship, which is a first for us this season. We had the opportunity to start from scratch, prepare and focus on our next race in Germany. As a team, we are determined to come back stronger, but we know our rivals are going to fight for good points too. "
On a circuit that is almost new to the calendar, what are the main challenges for Seidl?
“Racing at the Nürburgring for the first time in F1 since 2013 is exciting for the sport. It’s a circuit where I have raced a lot in various conditions during my driving life. Due to the time of year, the weather could be an interesting challenge that we will have to take into account this weekend. "
Germany also means a home Grand Prix for the former Porsche driver, which pays more tribute to the fans and to the work of his team.
“Traveling to my home country for a run is always a special time for me. It will also be a great moment to see the German fans back in the stands, respecting the safety protocols put in place to ensure the safety of everyone on the track. I hope we can put together a good race that the fans deserve. "
“The team on the track and at the factory have done an incredible job so far this season, but there are still seven races left. Following the developments in Russia, we will continue to develop the car and improve its performance for the rest of the season. We must continue to consolidate our strengths, improve our weaknesses, be mentally resilient and push, to be that unified team, that can fight for the points. "