McLaren are back in the top three for the first time since 2012 after securing P3 in the 2020 Formula 1 constructors’ standings.
After struggling in recent years, McLaren has built upon last season’s fourth place finish in the constructors’ standings, securing third behind Mercedes and Red Bull.
The team has been experiencing somewhat of a resurgence of late. And, although it may still be sometime until McLaren is fighting for a World Championship, it’s a step in the right direction and something not only McLaren fans, but Formula 1 fans can get excited about.
Team Principal Andreas Seidl, who has been instrumental in McLaren’s build over the past two seasons, spoke after the season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“We did it! P3 in the Constructors’ Championship,” Seidl said. “Congratulations and well done to the entire team, here in Abu Dhabi and back home at the MTC [McLaren Technology Centre]. Together with our drivers and our colleagues from Renault, they coped very well with the pressure to deliver a clean weekend and an excellent performance that helped us outscore our competitors. What an outstanding result at the end of a very challenging and difficult season.”
With Racing Point’s Sergio Perez retiring early in the race, there was little to stop the McLaren duo of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris from leap frogging their rivals and stealing third place. Along with a much needed boost in prize money for the team.
“I’m very proud to be a member of the McLaren F1 team today,” Seidl continued. “We asked a lot from our people this year, but amid the pandemic and a great deal of uncertainty everyone stayed focused on the job in hand. The team back home developed the car throughout the season with continuous updates from the factory, and at the track we kept improving the execution of our race weekends.
“Looking ahead, our results this season, together with our financial news today, provide a stable foundation on which we can build towards the goal of getting back to the front of Formula 1. At the same time, we’re realistic about where we stand and will continue on our journey.”
All this of course wouldn’t have been possible without the strong season that both McLaren drivers showed. With Sainz finishing P6 and teammate Norris P9 in the Driver Standings for 2020.
“I’d also like to offer a special note of appreciation to our drivers, who both did a superb job this year,” Seidl said. “We’re looking forward to having Lando onboard for the future, and Carlos leaves with our best wishes for his next chapter in Formula 1. Also, a special thanks to Renault for their great support over the last three years.”
With McLaren moving to Mercedes power for 2021 and beyond, there are high hopes for the team to further improve on their competiveness and start to challenge the top teams for a place at the top.
And although they will be losing Sainz to Ferrari, McLaren gain the experience and talent of Daniel Ricciardo who will no doubt continue to push the Woking-based team in the right direction.