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McLaren: Our combat just isn’t with Mercedes in F1 Italian GP

Carlos Sainz begins the Monza race from third place, and McLaren’s kind off the road in 2020 means that he has an opportunity of blending it with the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas that begin from the entrance row.

However Seidl insists if Sainz does get forward of a Mercedes at the beginning, McLaren received’t compromise its battle for third place within the race, and particularly with the groups that it’s presently preventing within the constructors’ world championship.

Racing Point’s Sergio Perez begins fourth and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo seventh, with the latter specifically exhibiting good race tempo.

“I think in terms of approach it will not be different to any other race,” mentioned Seidl when requested by “We usually have good starts, and always go into lap one trying to overtake the cars in front of us.

“I am sure we will try to do the same tomorrow, but even if that would happen and we could jump one of the Mercedes at the start, then you need to find the right balance on whether it actually makes sense to fight these guys, or try to keep them behind.

“Because in the end you may lose more performance by trying to do something that is simply not possible.”

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Seidl agrees that fifth place starter Max Verstappen is the biggest threat to Sainz in the race, despite an underpar qualifying.

“In terms of the cars that are behind Carlos at the moment, or between Carlos and Lando [Norris, who starts sixth], we have seen on Friday they had strong long runs, the Renault and the Red Bull with Max,” Seidl said.

“He is always someone we would never underestimate in terms of race craft as well and the power they also have.

“So if everything goes normal I think it will be difficult to keep Max behind, but then I think we can put up a good fight with the starting positions we have against the Racing Points and the Renaults. and this is what we will try. 

“But as I said we will try to keep whoever is behind us, behind us as long as we can.”

The shut battle for third place on the planet championship, with McLaren, Racing Point, Ferrari and Renault separated by simply 9 factors, provides further intrigue to at present’s race.

“In the end I think this fight in the constructors’ championship will be down to maximising race weekends,” mentioned Seidl.

“The qualifying, and especially the Sundays in terms of race strategy, pitstops, driver performance, starts, getting through lap one also which is also a challenge here in the first and second chicane.

“But I think we have everything in our hands to score some good points again, and that is what we are aiming for.”

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