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In the round-up: McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl admits the team’s recent slump in form has been a bitter blow after their otherwise strong campaign.

In brief

Points losses out of our hands – Seidl

After winning the Italian Grand Prix and coming close to repeating their success in Russia, McLaren have hit a slump in form. They team has taken just four points over the last three rounds, the same as Alfa Romeo, partly due to misfortunes such as Lando Norris’ tyre failure in Qatar.

“For the entire team scoring four points in three races is obviously painful,” Seidl admitted. “But if you look at what happened and how we lost a lot of points, things that have been also out of our [hands] or just bad luck and it’s part of the sport we’re in. Sometimes, I guess it’s on your side and sometimes not.”

The team has fallen 39.5 points behind Ferrari in their fight for third place in the championship. But Seidl said McLaren could take come encouragement from its performance, if not its result, at the Losail International Circuit.

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“The good thing is that we have seen again we had a competitive car, two drivers that were competitive on track and the team did a good job also in terms of pit stops, we had very good pit stops. So we’ll just come to Saudi and strike back.”

Opmeer leads F1 Esports series ahead of finale rounds

Victory for Jarno Opmeer (Mercedes) in Thursday’s round of the F1 Esports series on the Circuit of the Americas means he will go into the deciding round with a five-point lead over rival Lucas Blakeley (Aston Martin). Frederik Rasmussen (Red Bull), is a further three points back in third place.

The final three races using the Imola, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and Interlagos circuits will be held on December 15th and 16th.

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