Seidl: We trust the stewards to make the right decision

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McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has said that the team trust the stewards to make the decision with regards to awarding penalties.

Both Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo were caught up in incidents on the opening lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix, with the stewards adjudging that Valtteri Bottas and Lance Stroll were to blame for the respective collisions.

Norris was forced to retire, while Ricciardo could only manage 11th place thanks to the damage sustained.

Bottas and Stroll were both given five-place grid penalties for the Belgian Grand Prix, a decision Seidl was willing to respect despite the impact on the team’s race.

“Obviously, our day was over after two good race starts and then being involved in these two incidents where we were victims,” he said.

“I’ll leave it to others to judge what is the right action after such incidents or what would be the right penalties.

“In the end, we trust the FIA and the stewards to make the right decision there and we had better use our energy to focus on ourselves.”

Despite disappointing Hungarian Grand Prix, McLaren remain level on points with Ferrari, behind only Mercedes and Red Bull in the constructors’ championship, while Norris is third in the drivers’ standings.

“I think it is an open battle as we have seen throughout the first half of the season,” explained Seidl.

“I have to say, clearly, the day did not go to plan but there was nothing that we can control.

“But for us, it was encouraging to see on Saturday that we could actually battle Ferrari on a track like this because that is something we didn’t expect when coming here.

“When we look at the first races this season on similar tracks where we couldn’t go their pace.

“That speaks also for the good work everyone has done back home on the development side continuously improving the car and that is encouraging for the second half of the season.

“But it is also clear Ferrari is a very strong team, very experienced and has everything in place it needs to have also a second strong half of the season.

“They have two top drivers and that is why we need to be on our A-game in all aspects of going racing if we want to compete with them,” Seidl concluded.