In a race marred by numerous crashes, a safety car and a red flag, Lando Norris and teammate Oscar Piastri managed to climb from 13th and 16th on the grid at the start, to Double termination at points to the Woking team.
A performance McLaren really needs after the first two races of 2023 without any top 10 finishes.
“It was definitely our best weekend so far.”Lando Norris confirms.
All my comments and feelings [après les qualifications], I mean, I didn’t have too many hopes, but in fact, from the first lap the pace compared to some of the cars around us – like AlphaTauri, like Haas – was a little closer. »
“I felt a little bit faster so I could race against them and I could really have fun and attack and get some racing in, so [c’était] Good day. P6, those are reasonable points for us, just like Oscar is on at the same time. »
“We stayed out of trouble, which was the biggest challenge today, avoiding people who were getting in the way and causing chaos, so I’m happy; the team did a good job and we deserve it.”
with twelve points on the Australian tour, McLaren is now fifth in the Constructors’ Championship. Norris is awaiting a planned upgrade package for the MCL60 at the next race in Azerbaijan in a month’s time, but he’s not getting too excited.
“I don’t want to get carried away because I wouldn’t say that Baku is the place where it will help us the most in all the low-speed corners, but at the same time I hope it is a step forward.”thought the English pilot.
“The team has worked hard [à l’usine] And here [sur le circuit] For preparing everything for Baku, so yeah, thanks to the team; They did a very good job, pushed hard, worked hard, and a day like today shows that it pays off. »
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