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Seidl calls on McLaren to continue its strong momentum

  • Published on 28 Aug 2019 16:20
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl insists that the Woking squad must continue its strong form throughout the second half of the 2019 season.

After a number of disappointing seasons, McLaren has enjoyed its 2019 campaign so far, sitting in fourth place, 39 points ahead of its nearest challengers.

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With nine races left to run in the season, Seidl says the team is hopeful it can keep up its "positive trend" and end the year at the front of the midfield pack.

“The summer break has been a good opportunity for the team to relax and spend time with family and friends, but now we’re focussed and ready to go racing again," Seidl said.

"We now look to keep our momentum going into the second half of the season. As always, we must focus on ensuring our race operations are as good as they can be, that includes strategy, pit-stops and reliability.

“The midfield battle will continue to be tight until the end of the season, so it’s crucial that we keep giving our drivers the best chance at scoring points each weekend.

"We want to consolidate our current position and maintain our positive trend. Much of the midfield battle will be decided back at the factory, as well as on the track, and Carlos and Lando have done a fantastic job so far.

"We now look to keep moving forward together as a team. This fight will continue right up to the end of the season.”

McLaren has finished every one of the last five races inside the top six, with two fifth-place finishes for Sainz in Germany and Hungary. 

"The ambition is to keep up the good results and fight for the highest spot possible in both championships," Sainz stated. "There are still many races to come this season and I’m sure we’ll enjoy some good battles in the midfield."

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