McLaren: We weren't as competitive as we would've liked

McLaren: We weren’t as competitive as we would’ve liked

McLaren: We weren't as competitive as we would've liked
McLaren leave Suzuka disappointed as once again they are lagging behind Alpine in the Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship after a race when they were not as competitive as the team would’ve liked.

After having a decent result in Singapore, McLaren could not do the same in the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix, as Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo finished tenth and 11th respectively, while Esteban Ocon was fourth, Fernando Alonso seventh.

That means Alpine outscored McLaren and now are 13 points ahead of them in the Constructors’ Standings, and McLaren boss Andreas Seidl did not hide his disappointment.

“It was a disappointing Sunday afternoon for us,” he said. “On Daniel’s side, despite moving up some positions at the initial start we were too conservative at the restart, staying out for too long which resulted in losing positions and dropping out of the points.

“On Lando’s side we unfortunately lost several positions at the initial start which we then recovered by pitting at the right time following the restart.

“Overall, we were not as competitive as we would have liked to be,” Seidl admitted. “We will now use the time we have before Austin to see how we can extract more.

“Thanks to the entire team here at the track, back home and HPP for completing an intense double header. I’m happy for the great Japanese fans that got to see some racing in challenging conditions. Also, congratulations to Max for his second World Championship,” he concluded.

Ricciardo: The end result a case of when we fit the Inters

Ricciardo was simply happy just to get to race, in what might end up being his final Japanese Grand Prix. He reflected on his race in McLaren’s race report; he said: “I’m happy we got to race today.

“It was looking very unlikely so, as a driver, of course, to have that opportunity and have a bit of fun, I enjoyed that, and more so for the fans, especially sitting out in this weather.

“The end result was just really a case of when we fit the Inters, which was tricky,” Ricciardo pointed out. “It’s not like a normal situation where it’s ready and you just go. There are a few things to consider.

“I think the cars that went in, like Vettel certainly capitalised, so that’s where we lost out today. Otherwise, I don’t think our pace was too bad but it was also just a case of managing the tyres. We have some things to improve but ultimately, I’m just glad we made a race for the fans today.

“Congratulations to Max on winning a well-earned second Drivers’ Championship,” the Australian concluded acknowledging his former teammate’s achievement.

Norris: The race was a tricky one

Lando Norris started his race from tenth on the grid, but lost out on the initial start as onboard footage showed the Briton was extra cautious in the treacherous conditions.

A well time pit stop after the restart ensured he recovered to finish tenth and score one point for his team.

“Firstly, I’m glad we got a race today,” Norris said after the race. “The Japanese fans have been amazing here all weekend, and they waited in the rain for ages, so I’m glad we could give them that.

“Of course as drivers we always want to race,” he added. “The race itself was a tricky one. I lost a lot of positions in the first start which was unfortunate, but then made up for it with the pit-stop, and it was good to come away with a point.

“Finally, congratulations to Max on winning a second World Championship,” the 22-year-old driver concluded.