Andreas Seidl, McLaren, Hungaroring, 2020

Second triple-header will be more of a challenge than the first – Seidl

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In the round-up: McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says teams’ staff will be under significant pressure as the sport begins its second of three consecutive triple-header race weekends.

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Seidl said the second triple-header is likely to prove more of a challenge than the first:

I think to be honest, for me, the biggest challenge for all of us, including myself, is simply the time we are all away from home. I don’t think that the biggest challenge is actually the work we have to do out here at the track. Which is also tough work, but again, I think the biggest issue is simply being away from the families, from the kids and so on for each team member.

At the moment, going into the first triple-header after this long break we had, I think is also not the biggest challenge yet. I think we just need to be aware that the longer we go in the season, especially the triple-headers that are coming later on, that will be a big challenge for the team.

What we do from the team’s side is obviously trying to make travelling, accommodation, everything we can provide to the team here at the track and back at the hotels as comfortable as possible and as good as possible, simply to get through as a team in the best possible shape.

At the same time, I think everyone inside the team understands that this is a special season and the special circumstances of this virus broke out. We all understand also that it is absolutely necessary also for the existence of the teams that we do all these races this year and I simply hope that with all everything we do together with the team having an open year, listening to where the problems are within the team or with each team member we hopefully manage to get through in a in a sustainable way also.

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Formula 1 will have no race in the USA this year for the first time since 2011, but the sport has gained at least one new fan:

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  • 11 comments on “Second triple-header will be more of a challenge than the first – Seidl”

    1. Never liked Silverstone since its 90s reprofiling. The flow from Copse to Stowe is marvelous, but the rest was always uninspiring. I miss the tracks displaying its natural power flow character. Silverstone, Red Bull Ring, Monza, Imola all have sufficient space to be better without being deadly, so it’s a real bummer to look and see everything filled with chicanes or arena sections. As a matter of fact, is there any arena section that isn’t lame for F1 racing? I guess not. But, hey, as long as the best fans in the world are happy, I’m sure motorsport is not that important.

      1. Hockenheim’s arena/stadium section?

        1. @brickles – Yes, the stadium section was ok in the old Hockenheim. But today is purposeless. Mercedes Arena sucks hard. Real bad.

    2. Calling Adrian Sutol a “F1 star” is a bit too much…

      1. They say that all F1 drivers are stars so in that they are kind of right. My definition is more like Lewis, Max, Vettel and Charles and the old guys Senna Mansel Piquet Prost Lauda Schumancer ………..

    3. Even if both Mercedes crashed into Sutil, and they continued the race in two old Lexus (MB lookalike) rental cars from Istanbul, then Mercedes would still be leading both championships.

      Even in a distant future when Dieter runs out of ‘what they say’ quotes from the first triple header, then Mercedes will still lead the championships.

    4. But not all team members have families, and five current drivers also have.

      As I already posted my points about Istanbul in the linked article below the subtext, I’m only going to use the first words from that here: Not going to happen, not for this year, at least.

    5. Adam (@rocketpanda)
      30th July 2020, 12:20

      Toto playing games already, bringing the ‘A game’, and one DNF can see the points gap close, even though if both Mercedes failed to finish for a race they’d still be leading the championship in the next. The only car a Mercedes needs to fear is another Mercedes. Everyone else are just mobile chicanes.

      1. Oh Toto. Still trying to hype up the competition in one way or another. I wonder if Ron Dennis in 1988-89 and Jean todt in 2002 an 2004 were also like this?

    6. In happier news, here is a photo of Lando’s British GP helmet, designed by a young fan named Eva:
      https://i.redd.it/i2oqmt92uzd51.jpg
      What a legend!

    7. instanbul was great at having no fans.

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