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It is no secret that Daniel Ricciardo has been the talk of the paddock in recent months, but McLaren's team principal Andreas Seidl has come to his defence.

As quoted by, Seidl has spoken about McLaren's path to move forward and help improve the Australian's performance as F1 approaches the halfway point in the season:

"There is no magic, there is no shortcut, we just have to keep going and that is what we are doing.

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He is committed from his side. We are fully committed, we try to help him, and we try to help him also with seeing what we can do on the car in order for him to feel more comfortable, and that is what we are focused on.

In general, we also need to separate the different issues that have been happening in the last few weekends. We know what I said after the Barcelona race where we clearly found an issue on the car."

The speculation about Ricciardo's future is unlikely to go away anytime soon, but a strong performance at Baku could be a good start to help build some momentum moving forward.

It is true that Ricciardo has experienced some problems this year, and whilst this does not excuse his overall performance this year, a stroke of luck as the unpredictable Azerbaijan GP could be the boost that he needs.