McLaren’s awful 2022 season has continued to spiral, with team principal Andreas Seidl apologizing to Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo and teammate Lando Norris for an utterly disappointing Canadian Grand Prix.
Ricciardo (11th) and Norris (15th) finished outside the points after a disastrous pit stop during a virtual safety car period, with commentator Ted Kravitz saying it was “not a good day for McLaren”.
It was the second successive race that Ricciardo finished ahead of Norris, with the Australian putting in a strong performance in qualifying to start ninth on the grid and his team-mate holding on to 14th.
Unfortunately, both car and team disappointed both drivers 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 car trouble and a terrible mistake that ruined any chance he had of moving up the positions.
“We didn’t give Lando or Daniel the package they deserved today, so we have to offer them an apology,” Seidl said.
“We also have 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 double parked during a horrific 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 that completely backfired on both drivers.
Ricciardo came in first and lost a couple of seconds when the pit crew couldn’t get the right front tire out quickly enough.
That meant Norris fell nearly eight seconds behind, destroying any chance of the Englishman picking up points.
Lando Norris finished 15th in a disappointing result for the Englishman at the Canadian GP
Ricciardo lost crucial seconds due to a poor pit stop by the team, who couldn’t get his right front tire out quickly enough.
A bad pit stop was not the only problem the team faced.
The McLaren car struggled to keep up the pace and faced a couple of mechanical issues, with the typically diplomatic Ricciardo saying it was “not a very polished race” for the team.
Daniel Ricciardo smiles during practice ahead of the Canadian GP in Montreal
“We just weren’t very quick today, we were fighting for a bit of pace and then we had to handle some issues well, so not being able to push and attack put us too far out of the battle for points,” he said after the final. the race.
‘It’s just not a very fast race for us.
“By trying 100 percent, we could stay in the top 10, but once we start managing the temperatures and things like that, it takes us out of contention.” I would love to have had a better race, but we just weren’t quick enough.’
Lando Norris will look to answer at his home GP at Silverstone in two weeks
Norris was also diplomatic with his responses after the race, saying the team just needed to reflect and respond accordingly.
“We were unlucky today in a lot of places, and we just didn’t have the pace to run and overtake the people we wanted to race against,” he told McLaren’s website.
“I think the pace wasn’t too bad, still not good enough 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’re just going to have to step back, freshen up, come back and do a much better job next time,” Norris said.
McLaren boss Andreas Seidl apologized to Ricciardo and Norris for a bad GP
Seidl was a little more direct in his thoughts, saying that McLaren “didn’t deserve any points”.
‘A very disappointing Sunday afternoon for us here in Montreal. It’s been a tough weekend overall, with the car lacking pace, having reliability issues and suffering from an operational issue in the double shuffled pit stop during the virtual safety car period,” he said.
“We have to recognize that our competitors did 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 following his tight one-second victory over Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz.
Sainz finished with the fastest lap, while Lewis Hamilton took a remarkable third place after suffering intense pain during the Azerbaijan GP a week earlier.
Max Verstappen celebrates winning the Canadian GP from Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz
Red Bull told Verstappen over team radio that he “driven like a champion” during the win, saying that after the race it was a heart-stopping finish.
“They were fast in the (Ferrari) race, it was very exciting at the end, I gave everything I had,” he said.
‘This year we look fast on the straights. The safety car meant they had new tyres, but I’d rather defend than attack.’
McLaren will be looking to respond at their home GP at Silverstone in two weeks’ time, with Ricciardo no doubt keen to improve on his current 13th place in the drivers’ standings.