McLaren’s dreadful 2022 season continued to spiral, with team principal Andreas Seidl apologizing to Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo and teammate Lando Norris for a very disappointing Canadian Grand Prix.
Ricciardo (11th) and Norris (15th) both finished out of the points after a disastrous pit stop during a virtual safety car period, with commentator Ted Kravitz saying “it wasn’t a good day for McLaren”.
It was the second race in a row that Ricciardo had finished ahead of Norris, with the Australian putting in a strong qualifying performance to start ninth on the grid and his teammate staying well back in 14th.
Unfortunately, the car and team let both drivers down during the race, with Seidl telling the team’s website that it was a “difficult weekend”.
Daniel Ricciardo waves to the crowd during the drivers parade at the Canadian GP, where he beat teammate Lando Norris for the second race in a row
Ricciardo finished a disappointing 11th after problems with the car and a terrible mistake which cruelly reduced any chance he had of moving up the field
“We didn’t give Lando or Daniel the package they deserved today so we have to apologize to them,” Seidl said.
“We also need to use this as an opportunity to learn and come back stronger in two weeks for our home race at Silverstone.”
Daniel Ricciardo and Norris ended up in double parking during a pit stop mistake in Montreal
The worst part of the race for McLaren was a double-stack pit stop during the virtual safety car period which completely backfired on both drivers.
Ricciardo came first and lost seconds when the pit crew couldn’t remove the right front tire quickly enough.
This meant Norris was delayed by nearly eight seconds, destroying any chance of the Englishman earning points.
Lando Norris finished 15th in a disappointing result for the Englishman at the Canadian GP
Ricciardo lost a crucial second due to a poor pit stop by the crew, who were unable to remove their right front tire quickly enough
A bad pit stop wasn’t the only problem the team faced.
The McLaren car struggled for pace and ran into some mechanical issues, with a typically diplomatic Ricciardo saying “it wasn’t a well run race” for the team.
Daniel Ricciardo smiles during practice before the Canadian GP in Montreal
“We just weren’t very quick today, we were struggling for some pace and then we had to deal with a few issues well, so not being able to push and attack took us too far out of the battle for points,” said he said after the race.
“It’s just not a very fast race for us.
“Pushing 100 per cent we could just hang on to the top 10, but once we start dealing with temperatures and things like that, it knocks us out. I would have loved to race better, but we just weren’t fast enough.
Lando Norris will look to answer his home GP at Silverstone in two weeks
Norris was also diplomatic with his post-race responses and said the team just needed to think things through and react accordingly.
“We were unlucky in a lot of places today, and we just didn’t have the pace to race and pass the people we wanted to race against,” he told the website. McLaren.
“I think the pace wasn’t too bad, not good enough yet, but not too bad, just the fact that we couldn’t overtake hurt us a lot today.” We have work to do.
“There were mistakes on my part, mistakes on the team’s part and we’ll just have to take a step back, refresh ourselves, start over and do a much better job in the next one,” Norris said.
McLaren boss Andreas Seidl has apologized to Ricciardo and Norris for a bad GP
Seidl was a little more blunt in his thoughts and said McLaren “didn’t deserve points”.
“A very disappointing Sunday afternoon for us here in Montreal. It was a difficult weekend in general, with the car lacking rhythm, having reliability issues and suffering from an operational issue during the double pit stop during the virtual safety car period. he declares.
“We have to recognize that our competitors have done a better job.”
It was an entertaining race full of twists and turns, with Max Verstappen cementing his place at the top of the drivers’ standings after his narrow one-second win over Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz.
Sainz finished with the fastest lap, while Lewis Hamilton clocked a remarkable third after battling severe pain at the Azerbaijan GP a week earlier.
Max Verstappen celebrates Canadian GP win over Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz
Red Bull told Verstappen on team radio that he “drove like a champ” during the win, and he said after the race it was a jaw-dropping finish.
“They were fast in the race (Ferrari), it was very exciting at the end, I gave it my all,” he said.
“This year we seem fast on the straights. The safety car meant they had new tires but I’d rather defend than attack.
McLaren will be looking to meet their home GP at Silverstone in two weeks, with Ricciardo no doubt keen to improve on his current 13th place in the drivers standings.