McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has insisted any excuses for Daniel Ricciardo's lack of pace compared to team-mate Lando Norris will expire after "another couple of races".
Ricciardo has failed to hit the ground running at McLaren after moving from Renault, now Alpine, in the winter months with a reduction in pre-season testing a major factor in his lack of familiarity with the MCL35M.
The Australian joined the Woking-based team as a proven race winner but has so far been outperformed by Norris with the Briton scoring his second career podium last time out at Imola.
Asked by GPFans Global how long it would be until the team could no longer use a lack of seat time in a McLaren as an excuse, Seidl answered: “It is a question of another couple of races but then I am very confident that we will not talk about this subject anymore.
“The good thing for me is, when I look at the racing in Imola as well, with the experience Daniel had he drove the car in a way that he felt comfortable with and scored a very important P6 for us as a team and for himself.
“Imola was a race where it was very easy to go off and destroy your car or your race. By trying to go in a space where you are probably not that comfortable as a driver we saw many drivers crashing so I am very happy with what Daniel showed there.
“I am looking forward now to extract more and more over the next couple of races.”
Whilst Ricciardo has finished both of the opening two races inside the top seven, Norris' worst result so far is fourth.
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