McLaren F1 “distant” from blaming lack of P4 on Ricciardo’s struggles

Ricciardo leaves the group after two disappointing seasons at McLaren, with the group deciding in the summertime to finish his contract one 12 months early and transfer for rookie Oscar Piastri, who bought his first run with the group in Tuesday’s post-season check at Yas Marina.

The Australian’s struggles proved notably expensive within the constructors’ championship, as McLaren fell from fourth to fifth after ending 14 factors behind Alpine.

Ricciardo gathered solely 37 factors in comparison with teammate Lando Norris’ 122, so even simply scoring half of Norris’ factors whole would have simply yielded fourth.

However group principal Seidl has at all times maintained that the failure to make Ricciardo tick was a joint duty between the driving force and the Woking group and refuses responsible Ricciardo’s state of affairs for dropping the place.

“I am distant from simply blaming the state of affairs with Daniel for not scoring P4 this 12 months,” Seidl mentioned after Sunday’s season finale.

“Ultimately I am conscious as nicely about my duty, the group’s duty to not get it to work along with Daniel in the way in which we had been hoping for, regardless of the nice dedication that was taken on Daniel’s aspect and on ours.

“That is a part of not scoring the factors as a group that you simply wished or may have scored. It is a part of the game and that is one thing that we attempt to deal with or enhance for subsequent 12 months.”

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No matter Ricciardo’s state of affairs, McLaren was typically outperformed by Alpine, whose frequent reliability points stored McLaren within the race longer than it maybe had any proper to be.

Seidl acknowledged that P5 was a “truthful reflection of the place we have now been all through the season” and that Alpine deserved to complete forward as a result of it “did a greater job”.

Nonetheless, the disappointing Ricciardo-McLaren chapter ended on a excessive because the 33-year-old moved up from thirteenth to ninth within the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and Seidl was happy to complete the chapter in the absolute best approach.

“The complete weekend, together with the farewell celebration that we had within the manufacturing unit, the farewell celebration on the group barbecue on Thursday evening, the three days right here understanding that no matter we did was the final time along with Daniel, it was emotional,” Seidl added.

“On the identical time, we made certain all through the weekend that we stored the concentrate on nonetheless attempting to drag off the absolute best outcome as a result of we wished to maintain the strain up on Alpine.

“The final time I needed Daniel a superb race on the grid was emotional, however I believe it was nice to see that he was pulling off a superb race for us. Getting again into the factors from P13 was right down to an ideal drive along with nice work from his aspect of the storage and the pit wall.

“I believe we completed our time collectively on the absolute best excessive, which was the purpose after all of the bulletins of the summer time break.”

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