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Following their steady progress in previous seasons, McLaren will be somewhat disappointed to have lagged behind the front-runners under these new regulations. 

Unsurprisingly, McLaren is failing to match the development of manufacturer teams with greater resources and facilities at their disposal. Setting aside the big-hitters, the Woking-based team will be disappointed they are now firmly in the midfield scrap.

Last year's MCL35M consistently fought for top 5 finishes, securing several podiums and occasionally troubling the leaders.


Aside from Norris' Imola podium, the team has found itself losing ground to the likes of Alfa Romeo, amongst other midfield teams they were comfortably ahead of in the previous regulations. 

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As quoted by AMuS, Andreas Seidl has emphasised McLaren's intention to hold their ground in the constructors. 

"The first three [teams] are gone. But we want to be the best of the rest and draw the right conclusions for our 2023 car."

Daniel Ricciardo's struggles this season have also impacted the team's progression, with the Alpine duo showing far greater consistency in the A522, being denied points most commonly by reliability. 

McLaren are far from perfect operationally, with issues compromising Ricciardo in several Grand Prix this year.

With that said, it seems only a matter of time until Alpine put their reliability issues behind them and strings together a sequence of solid points finishes to take 4th in the standings. 

Upgrades are set to play a relatively minor role for the rest of the season, though Alpine are more likely to bring improvements. 

Regardless, Andreas Seidl has dismissed suggestions that McLaren will abandon this season for the next, so it will be crucial for the team to eliminate mistakes.