After a good start to the 2021 campaign, which included a podium at the Grand Prix of Emilia-Romagna, Norris currently sits third in the drivers’ standings behind Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
But while McLaren doesn’t appear to have a car capable of consistently beating the pace-setting Mercedes and Red Bull teams, Seidl believes Norris’ consistency could be an asset up his sleeve to maintain a strong position among the drivers. board.
“There is always a chance,” said Seidl, when asked about Norris’ prospects of staying ahead of one of the Mercedes or Red Bull drivers until the end of this year.
“But it’s just important that we, with Lando, continue to deliver weekend after weekend.
“Consistency is king, with performance obviously, in order to surpass cars which on paper, and in reality, are definitely faster than us.
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M
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“If we continue to provide improvements to the car, if Lando continues to do what he’s been doing so far these first three races, that will eventually keep the pressure on these guys ahead of us and then there will be opportunities. to finish the races in front of us. them.
“But, at the same time, you have to be realistic. If these guys get together every weekend then we just have to recognize or accept that we’re not there yet in terms of performance.
Seidl says Norris’ good start to 2021 is the result of the young Briton being fully ‘in tune’ with his McLaren car, which allows him to perform at such a high level.
“In Portugal he just continued what we saw of him the first two weekends of the race,” said Seidl.
“He succeeds when it counts.
“He is one with the car and with the team. I think, once again, he had a brilliant race, doing great maneuvers and great overtaking as well.
“He always kept his engineering team up to date with the big picture to make sure we are executing the tire strategy the right way, and I would say he had the race under control every second.