The cut-glass English is remarkable, but it’s the clarity of thought and methodical logic of what this engineer actually says that is most striking. No wonder McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl is so well regarded in F1 circles. He might well turn out to be Zak Brown’s most significant signing.
The German speaks with the dextrous diction of a linguist – and puts Motor Sport to shame, even when we lob a googly towards his wicket… “Given Daniel Ricciardo’s obvious pedigree, is this make or break time for Lando Norris?”
“No, I don’t see it like that,” he bats on the front foot. “Looking at Lando’s first two years with us in F1, it was great to see the step he made from year one to year two. We expect going into his third year to make another step. And for him it’s good to have Daniel in the team as a proven race winner. It’s important for Lando’s journey to become a top driver, which is his goal, and ours. I only see benefits from Daniel joining and driving beside Lando.”