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McLaren wary of Ferrari comeback in constructors’ championship

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl is refusing to underestimate the ability of Ferrari to make a late-season run and steal third in this season’s constructors’ championship.

For the first time in the 12 races this season following the Portuguese Grand Prix, Ferrari outscored all three of its main midfield rivals in Racing Point, McLaren and Renault with its 13-point haul.

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The Scuderia still sits sixth in the standings but has now closed the gap to third-placed Racing Point to 33 points with five races remaining.

Charles Leclerc is the driver leading the charge, with the Monégasque matching his fourth position in qualifying with fourth in the race at Portimão as the SF1000 finally showed competitiveness in race trim rather than just over one lap, seemingly from its upgrades delivered in recent races.

“Obviously it was an impressive race Charles did, in terms of pace also,” Seidl acknowledged.

“As we always said, we…

Nicolas Quarles van Ufford

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