Daniel Ricciardo has been warned he will not start as McLaren's number one driver when the 2021 Formula 1 season begins.
McLaren moved quickly to install Renault's Ricciardo once it became evident the team would be losing Carlos Sainz to Ferrari following the Scuderia's decision to part ways with Sebastian Vettel at the end of this season.
Despite Ricciardo's obvious experience advantage over Lando Norris, with the Australian competing in 171 grands prix - winning seven - compared to the 20-year-old Briton's 21-race career, Seidl has made it clear they will start on an equal footing.
“As long as I’m the team boss, no-one at the start of the season will ever be the number one,” Seidl told Sky Sports.
“If someone has as long a road to go as we do, you need two drivers equal to each other, as we had in 2019 with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.
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