McLaren’s risk-taking tire strategy also worked perfectly on Saturday: Unlike the other drivers in the leading group, both Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris rely on the fast, but not so durable, soft tires. The early safety car also plays into McLaren’s cards. “It always causes a little nervousness when you’re the only one standing in front with the soft tires,” Seidl admits. “But I have great confidence in the team, they are doing a great job there. We were confident that it would be possible with all the data we had collected and it paid off.”
Despite the strong Saturday, Seidl warns of premature euphoria: “We haven’t scored any big points yet. That is why it is important to stay calm and prepare properly for tomorrow, then we have the chance of a top result have a good car, we’ve seen now. “
The order of Seidl’s protégés on Saturday is surprising. Ricciardo, who is clearly in the shadow of Norris for the whole season, prevails with a rocket start in the internal duel and then brings third place to the finish.