Seidl: Weather will be an ‘interesting challenge’

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Andreas Seidl has become the latest person to predict that the weather will play a big part in the upcoming Eifel Grand Prix.

Formula 1 will race at the Nurburgring for the time since 2013 after it was added to the 2020 calendar as a late addition as a result of the global pandemic forcing a number of races to be cancelled.

The sport will be heading there considerably later than it has in the past, and this could be important. Temperatures are considerably lower there at this time of year and heavy rain is a distinct possibility.

Given this, the conditions have been the main talking point in the build-up to the race, and Seidl has kept this going.

“Racing at the Nürburgring for the first time in F1 since 2013 is exciting for the sport,” the McLaren team principal said.

“It’s a circuit I’ve done a lot of races at in varying conditions in my racing life. Due to the time of year, the weather could be an interesting challenge that we’ll have to factor in over the weekend.

“Travelling to my home country to go racing is always a special moment for me. It’ll also be great to see the German fans back in the grandstands and following the safety protocols in place to ensure everyone at the track is safe.

“Hopefully we can put on a good race that the fans deserve.”

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The 2020 campaign has been an excellent campaign for McLaren, with the British team picking up two podiums and 106 points.

This has been enough for Seidl and co to occupy P3 in the Constructors’ Championship for most of the year, but with Racing Point and Renault two and seven points behind respectively, it’s still all to play for.

Given this, he says everything is being done to ensure that Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have the best car possible for the rest of the season.

“The team both at the track and the factory have done an incredible job so far this season, but there are still seven races to go,” he added.

“Following on from the upgrades deployed in Russia, we’ll continue to upgrade the car and aim to improve performance over the remainder of the season.

“We need to keep consolidating our strengths, improving our weakness, being mentally resilient and pushing as one unified team in the fight for points.”

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