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Seidl unconcerned over McLaren's driver dynamic

McLaren will have a new driver line-up next year, as Oscar Piastri replaces Daniel Ricciardo in partnering Lando Norris. But team boss Andreas Seidl says the change won’t affect the team’s approach or dynamic.

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McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl says he is unconcerned that the team's new driver line-up for 2023 may result in a different atmosphere and require a change in management style.

After two years with a driver pairing of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, Ricciardo has been moved aside to make way for rookie Oscar Piastri from 2023 onwards.

Ricciardo is well-known in the F1 paddock for his cheerful demeanour, and he and Norris enjoyed a good rapport during their two years as teammates.

However, Seidl dismissed concerns that a different line-up may change the team dynamic for the worse.

"Each driver is different, and that could end up in a different relationship between two guys, but that doesn't necessarily mean that one or the other type of relationship is better or worse," Seidl told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"In the end, the way Lando is as a guy, [and] the way we got to know Oscar so far, I don't expect any issues there.

"We have one common mission together, we want to make sure that the work everyone is putting in and the commitment everyone is putting in, that we simply keep moving forward as a team."

Seidl hails teamwork for McLaren improvement

Seidl added that a good sense of teamwork would be vital to any success that McLaren would have in 2023, as they seek to improve on their fifth-place finish in the 2022 Constructors’ Championship.

“In order to fulfil our dreams, the dreams of the two guys, we need to end up being the best team in the paddock and having the best car available,” said Seidl.

“In order to do that, you need a lot of teamwork between everyone involved, and that will be the focus.”

“We want to give both guys an environment and a car which allows them to give their best on track each time they go out, and which allows them to battle it out on track.

“That doesn't necessarily mean you treat everyone exactly the same, because every driver is different. Every driver has different needs.

“I want to make sure that they have fair and same treatment each time they go on track, and they can battle it out on track.

“Then I feel that we have done our job as a team, and I think that's the way you get the maximum out of these two guys.”

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