The McLaren Formula One team had a disappointing day at the office in the Mexico City Grand Prix at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez as they lost ground to Scuderia Ferrari in the race for third place in the Constructors championship. Lando Norris managed to salvage a point for the Woking-based outfit from 18th place on the grid to come home in tenth place.
It was a frustrating day for Daniel Ricciardo who tagged Valtteri Bottas who had a slow start from pole which resulted in Bottas been spun around and Ricciardo having to pit for a new front wing.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during his post-race debrief. McLaren F1 Team Principal Andreas Seidl said that the race was lost for the team at turn one following the incident between Ricciardo and Bottas and although they have lost third place in the championship to Ferrari, Seidl points out that there are still four races remaining this season.
The McLaren team boss said that although in the outfit had the pace of Ferrari in qualifying when it came to the race they were unable to match the speed of the Mercedes-powered Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel, the Ferrari-powered Alfa of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso in his Renault-powered Alpine.
Seidl concluded by saying it’s on to Brazil where the team will aim to bounce back.