McLaren have had a rather underwhelming first half of the 2022 F1 season, with the team unable to convert their strong qualifying pace to points. The most recent example of this is Lando Norris’ P4 qualifying position at the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix, with which he could only manage a P7 on Sunday.
McLaren boss Andreas Seidl claims the car suffers with downforce, as compared to the likes of Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes. While the MCL36 seems to perform well on fresh tires during the shorter qualifying sessions, the significantly longer races expose the car’s problems.
As reported by Motorsport, Seidl explained the areas in which McLaren need to improve to have a stronger second half of the season:
McLaren, who held fourth in the constructors’ standings for the majority of the first half of the season, lost the place to Alpine. The French outfit now enjoys a four-point advantage over the Britons, who stand fifth.
Lando Norris shocked the world by signing a four-year contract extension with the Woking-based team at the start of 2022. Despite having a difficult season this year, the Briton insists that he knows his goals and where the team currently stands. He emphasized that he has faith that, together, he and McLaren will make it to the top.
In an interview with Channel 4, he said:
Lando Norris currently stands seventh in the drivers’ standings with 76 points to his name.
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