McLaren workforce principal Andreas Seidl says the workforce faces a harder combat to carry onto the third place they scored within the championship final yr.
The competition for third place went all the way down to the ultimate race in 2020, the place McLaren overtook Racing Level to assert their finest ending place on the planet championship for eight years.
Seidl expects their rival, now referred to as Aston Martin, will likely be one in all 4 different contenders for third place within the factors behind Mercedes and Pink Bull.
“I believe we are going to see a detailed combat once more between us, Aston Martin, Alpine, Ferrari for positive as effectively will likely be within the combat [and] AlphaTauri appears to be like very sturdy as effectively,” stated Seidl.
McLaren set the seventh-quickest time in pre-season testing because the workforce prioritised proving the profitable set up of its new Mercedes energy unit. Seidl stated the true aggressive image will change into clear on the season-opening race subsequent week.
“With all the things we might see thus far, we have to wait till the primary race weekend. I believe all the things may be very shut collectively once more. That’s about the place we’ll be.
“It was nice for us to complete third final yr. However on the identical time, we haven’t forgotten concerning the final race the place we might even have simply ended up in fifth and that’s the place we see us in that battle.”
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