McLaren keen to guard against complacency

Date published: August 23 2019

Andreas Seidl

McLaren need to make sure that they don’t carried away amid their recent improved fortunes, says team principal Andreas Seidl.

The British team established themselves as the best of the rest in the first half of the season, sitting comfortably in P4 in the Constructors’ by the chequered flag in Hungary.

It’s the best season they’ve had in five years, but Seidl is keen to stay grounded.

“It’s still difficult to judge, to be honest, because we have seen how quickly it can change,” Seidl told Crash.net.

“We have seen how close the Alfas were for example in the race [in Hungary]. In the end I think it will depend of course on track layouts, track temperatures and things like that.

“It will also depend on how much more updates everyone will bring in the second half of the season until everyone switches then to next year’s car.”

McLaren currently have a 39 point lead over fifth-placed team Toro Rosso and are 43 clear of Renault, their engine supplier and team expected to be their biggest rival in the midfield.

“Obviously it’s good to have this gap at the moment in the points standing,” he added.

“But for us, it’s important not to get carried away by that, heads down, and just make sure we keep improving.

 “We are also not just focused on one team. We have seen in the last races how quickly it can go.

“You just need one crazy race, and then one team is back up again. For us it’s important to focus on ourselves and keep improving as a team. That’s it.”

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