Whereas Crimson Bull and Mercedes battle for all-out supremacy by way of the titles, McLaren’s Andreas Seidl admits will probably be a while earlier than the pecking order within the midfield turns into clear.
Because the ‘circus’ heads to Imola, McLaren leads Ferrari, however issues for Pierre Gasly in Bahrain imply that AlphaTauri has but to point out its hand.
Then there’s the sizable query mark by way of Alpine and Aston Martin.
The revelation that Daniel Ricciardo broken his flooring in his conflict with Gasly reinforces the concept McLaren has the sting, however, regardless of ending fourth and seventh within the season-opener, Andreas Seidl shouldn’t be counting his chickens.
“I feel we merely have to attend for extra tracks now with totally different traits, totally different ambient situations, totally different tyre selections, to see if there is a sort of a pattern,” says the German.
“I feel what can be clear are the vehicles round us, the vehicles we had been battling with, they made additionally good steps ahead in comparison with final yr and the battle is once more inside just a few tenths,” he provides.
“This additionally means you may shortly swing by strengths or weaknesses of 1 or the opposite automotive, relying on some traits of the tracks or ambient situations.
“It is rather shut,” he admits, “and we merely want to ensure we maintain shifting on, each analysing and understanding the bundle that now we have to get extra out of it.
“Then, we have to maintain bringing updates to the automotive in subsequent races to ensure we keep on prime of this combat.”
The German was additionally eager to pay tribute to Mercedes, particularly in gentle of the restricted time the Woking outfit has had in adapting to its ‘new’ energy unit provider.
“All the fellows from Mercedes have labored so onerous along with us over the winter to combine the Mercedes energy unit into the automotive,” he says. “To undergo the primary race weekend we have been collectively with none points is solely right down to the nice work everybody has accomplished who was concerned.”