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McLaren should shoulder some blame for Ricciardo F1 struggles – Seidl

After what seemed to be an enchancment in his efficiency after the Monaco Grand Prix, Ricciardo has endured more difficult occasions on the British GP and in Austria this weekend.

He by no means seemed like difficult for factors after a lowly qualifying at Silverstone, and on the Pink Bull Ring he did not make it out of Q1 after being unable to match the tempo of team-mate Lando Norris. He’ll begin 15th for the dash race on Saturday, one place behind Norris.

Whereas McLaren is conscious that Ricciardo just isn’t discovering it straightforward to provide the performances it needs to see, Seidl is evident that the continued issues will not be solely right down to the driving force.

He cited, for instance, how a DRS drawback for Ricciardo in free follow in Austria wrecked his preparations for the grid shootout.

Requested by Autosport about Ricciardo’s state of affairs, Seidl stated: “We merely want to remain calm and hold working collectively, so as to see what we will do additionally on the automotive facet so as to assist him get extra out of the automotive, which we’re doing.

“Daniel may be very important about himself as nicely, which is nice, however ultimately we have now to do a greater job as a staff.

“We have to give him a extra dependable automotive, in order that he may do the follow classes as you need to do them to get via the total programme.

“We want generally to get the automotive efficiency extra up, after which I am certain each drivers are able to attain the outcomes.”

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren

Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren

Photograph by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Seidl says McLaren’s opening day of working in Austria had been sub par for the squad, with Norris knocked out in Q2 after affected by a brake-by-wire drawback. His working in opening follow had additionally been restricted by an engine drawback.

“It was a tricky Friday, and clearly for us simply not ok as a staff,” added Seidl.

“I assume it isn’t typical for us, so we have to unravel this and ensure we remove all these completely different points as shortly as attainable.

“If you happen to have a look at FP1, then on Daniel’s facet sadly we had a DRS concern which compromised his run plan. We couldn’t undergo the total programme like that, as his focus was on fixing the DRS concern.

“For Lando, sadly after we put in a brand new PU for this weekend, he had an influence loss: one thing we nonetheless have to research along with our colleagues from Mercedes.

“We had to return to a used energy unit from the pool for qualifying, though nonetheless we managed to get each automobiles prepared then for qualifying.

“However then straight away from the primary outing we skilled a BBW concern on Lando’s facet which didn’t permit him to push the automotive to the restrict, or give him confidence.

“On Daniel’s facet, he struggled to extract the efficiency from the automotive which was a disgrace. And sadly with the sector being so shut collectively on lap time, he couldn’t progress into Q2 which is clearly a foul end result.

“Being 14th and 15th after qualifying, fortunately, we have now a dash race as a result of I feel with the bundle we have now right here, if we get the reliability points sorted, we must always undoubtedly be able to maneuver up some positions.

“That can then put us in a greater place for the race on Sunday as a result of the objective is to nonetheless get the automobiles within the factors.”

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