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McLaren

Seidl assesses McLaren's chances of Dutch GP bounce back

Andreas Seidl is optimistic of increased competitiveness for McLaren at the upcoming Zandvoort race, following a below-par performance at the Belgian GP.

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Andreas Seidl is confident that McLaren can bounce back from a scoreless race at Spa-Francorchamps and give an improved showing at the Dutch GP.

McLaren struggled for performance at the Belgian GP, with Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo finishing in P12 and P15 respectively.

Their race was set back by a Power Unit grid penalty for Norris, who had to start the race from P17, whilst Ricciardo had to revert to a higher-downforce rear wing after an "issue" with the low-downforce version.

Speaking after the Belgian GP, McLaren Team Principal Seidl believed that Zandvoort circuit should suit their MCL36 car better.

"I definitely think that compared to last year, and also compared to Spa, seeing our core performance so far this year on tracks that are a bit more like Zandvoort, we definitely should be in a better position and be more competitive," told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"At the same time, we have seen several times this year already from one race weekend to the next one, the pecking order is changing, the performance levels are changing with this with these new cars.

"Let's see, but I'm quite optimistic that we will be strong again."

Rivals Alpine 'simply better' in Spa

McLaren's Belgian GP result was a big blow in their fight with Alpine for P4 in the Constructors' Championship.

With Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon finishing in fifth and seventh respectively, Alpine secured a 16-point haul at Spa, and extended their advantage over McLaren to 20 points.

Seidl was unfazed by the increased championship gap, and believes that the ever-changing midfield order could still change the course of their season.

"If you look at [Spa], Alpine simply did a better job, we need to acknowledge this, but at the same time for sure we won't give up," added Seidl.

"There's still eight races ahead of us and still a lot of points to fight for.

"Not long ago in Hungary, a different track and different conditions, we were very competitive, we were the fourth-strongest team.

"So we will regroup after this race weekend, see what we can learn from today, and then we'll go well in Zandvoort."

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