Norris, Ricciardo’s strong finish at French GP great way of paying tribute to Mansour: Andreas Seidl

McLaren boss Andreas Seidl was delighted with the team’s performance.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 22 June 2021 9:15 pm

McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth and sixth in the recently conducted French GP with the livery featuring Mansour Ojjeh’s name. This was done as a tribute to the French entrepreneur, who owns a stake at the company, as he passed away earlier this month.

Moreover, both the drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo registered a strong finish, also ensuring a double-point finish. Consequently, McLaren boss Andreas Seidl was delighted with the team’s performance, even terming it a fitting honour to their late long-time shareholder.

For McLaren, Mansour was  a great friend: Andreas Seidl

“To finish the weekend in Paul Ricard with a strong result was obviously a great way of paying tribute to Mansour, considering also that his family was here with us and we also had this livery on the cars,” he said as quoted in a SportsRush report.

“Mansour was not just a long-term shareholder, for McLaren he was simply a great friend and supporter to us, to the team, and he will be deeply missed. At the same time, we keep racing in his spirit and with him in mind and I couldn’t think of a better way of paying this tribute to Mansour with a result like that,” he added.

Seidl was further impressed with the driver duo’s feat of overtaking Ferrari in the overall driver’s standings. However, he was quick to acknowledge that they haven’t been up to the mark during qualifying and need to make improvements in that regard.

“It is clearly a trend that we seem to struggle more to extract performance out of the car for one lap compared to what we can do on Sundays,” he said.