2022 still too early for McLaren F1 title challenge

Mark Scott
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McLaren team principal, Andreas Seidl, has cooled any renewed hope that the Woking team will be able to challenge for silverware again as early as 2022.

Still searching for their first taste of title success since 2008, McLaren are firmly on the road to recovery with year-on-year improvement for the last four seasons and more encouraging signs coming in 2021.

With three podium finishes in the bag already courtesy of Lando Norris, it has sparked a fresh wave of belief that McLaren could be getting themselves ahead of schedule – but Seidl has said it will still be “years” before title ambitions can be achieved.

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“The path is still long but we’re confident we’ll do our best and we’ll come back in a few years to our level,” Seidl told Sky Italia.

“We’re very happy with the progress we made in the last two years but it’s important at the same time not getting carried away.

“For me the most important thing is to keep growing.

“If we look at the last three years we already made progress and the key will be keeping up this pace.

“It’s important not to have big deficits compared to the other teams. We have to also try to complete the wind tunnel, which is two years behind schedule.

“Those are the most important progress we’ll have to make.

He continued: “Of course when there’s a new regulation, there’s a sort of opportunity for everybody.

“At the same time there’s a reason why Mercedes and Red Bull are ahead of everyone right now: they do better work, they are better teams, so they have an advantage thanks also to the facilities they have.

“They have bigger teams, and they’ll bring that also in the new years, with the new regulations.

“So for sure it’s an important task, the development is still going on and we’ll have to get off the right foot.

“At the same time we have to think of the team that goes on track, think of our facilities and try to handle the budget cap that will spread in the next few years.

“We have to keep improving as a team and try to do a better job in the next few years and then I think in some years we can be back in front.”

Additional reporting by Luca Brambilla

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