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Formula 1: McLaren more confident after Australia – Motorsport

Formula 1: McLaren more confident after Australia – Motorsport

McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth and sixth in the Australian GB! Reason enough to believe in an uprising in Imola before the European start.

Before the pit was closed, Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo were following Mercedes drivers George Russell and Louis Hamilton. As McLaren drivers unanimously declared, the replacement of safety car grids and hard tires ensured a “better result”.

“Second season opener” Australia?

After a bad start in Bahrain, last year’s winning team scored points from Norris ’seventh place in Saudi Arabia. Ricciardo scored two zeros.

By comparison: after the first two races in 2021, Norris already had a platform (3rd in Imola) and McLaren had 41 points.

Returning to Ricciardo’s first home after 2019 gave us courage again.

“We learned a lot in the first half of the race in the medium and were able to keep up with Mercedes. It was very exciting,” the local hero told Sky, who felt the home race was “festive”.

However, after the tire change, the Silver Arrows could not be retained because the hard tire was too tight to understand and Norris had a problem at the end of the race, Ricciardo continued to leak.

McLaren rewards hard work

All in all, the McLaren drivers, who almost got the photo finish, were rewarded for the team’s hard work and returned to the top ten after the season’s starting player defeat.

Norris: “This is a good weekend, we can be satisfied. Albert Park is good for us and gives us a good idea for the future,” Young Britain added.

Ricciardo wanted to take fifth place from Norris in the final rounds, but was recalled by his own bit of crew: “I saw Lando go slow in the last two rounds, but I had to keep my ego for the good of the team. Then take home the burner and the points. Need to think. “

“Not sure” about Imola

It is clear that McLaren MCL36 is not suitable for all types of tracks. But Norris is optimistic about the team’s current form: “I’m not sure because of Imola (due to performance, note), but you’ll know. Maybe we can find something.”

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