In the round-up: McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says the team’s four-lap spell in the lead will give them added motivation as they seek to narrow the gap to the top teams.

What they say

Carlos Sainz Jnr took the lead on the second lap of the race, while Lando Norris officially ran as high as fourth:

Obviously we have some nice pictures which we will put up at home for additional motivation in order to keep us going towards a goal we all have to get back to the front in Formula 1 in the coming years. So that gave a nice taste, it was good to see, to have some leading laps.

But at the same time it’s also clear that we had to focus on our own race, the race we were in. And so we were quickly back and then we were in the fight where we belong to. And then with the additional graining that we suffered on both cars at the beginning of the race we dropped even further back and had to make our way back with Carlos.

But it was interesting to see from Carlos and Lando, they like these conditions also. Of course we had an advantage with the soft tyres compared to the guys on the medium tyres, to the Mercedes and Carlos. But compared to Verstappen who was also on soft tyres Carlos put up a good show and was actually pulling a nice gap, within some laps. But then we quickly back to reality.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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