Andreas Seidl is not concerned by Daniel Ricciardo’s slow start to his McLaren career, believing it’s only a “matter of more time” before he returns to his best form.
Following his move from Renault on a multi-year deal, Ricciardo is still adjusting to life at his new team and is yet to get on terms with team-mate Lando Norris.
While Norris has three top-five finishes – including a podium at Imola – Ricciardo hasn’t been classified higher than sixth in the first three races of the season.
The Australian’s struggles were made clear when he failed to progress from Q1 in qualifying in Portimao, but recovered well to finish ninth in the race.
Although Ricciardo hasn’t reached peak performance since his joined McLaren, team principal Seidl insists it is all part of adapting to a new environment.
He went on to explain how Ricciardo’s ongoing struggles in the MCL35M haven’t allowed him to extract the maximum from the car.
“But that’s definitely something where I think we made steps for this weekend together with him, despite the disappointment in qualifying,” Seidl said, as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“We simply have to keep working together with him in order to improve this situation. As always it isn’t only on the driver’s side but, we also look deeply on the team side into this and see how we can help him with improvements we bring to the car.
“Maybe the setup changes, in order to lift the performance.”
Having watched Ricciardo end 2020 with Renault on a strong note, Seidl feels the seven-time grand prix winner is naturally more downbeat than the team after his tough start to the year.
“Of course, he’s the one who is probably disappointed the most, because he knows he has it in him,” Seidl said.
“He’s disappointed that he can’t extract the performance of our car yet. But at the same time, he’s very experienced. I think we are also very experienced on the team side.
“It’s simply important to stay calm, work through this integration or adaptation process together as a team. I think he feels very comfortable and happy in the team.
“He’s also very happy with how we deal with this current challenge together. I’m 100% sure it is just a matter of more time, and then we will see Daniel back to the performance which we all know.”