Lando Norris will return to the Red Bull Ring this weekend as Formula 1 stops in Austria to close out the first half of the season. The McLaren F1 driver has often shone there, with two podiums and two top 5s in the last four races of the circuit, and hopes to confirm that this weekend.
“I am very excited to return to Spielberg for the Austrian Grand Prix” said Norris. “It’s a Sprint weekend and it’s one of my favorites on the calendar, so it promises to be a great weekend.”
“While we won’t necessarily fight for podiums like the last two years, we’ll have a chance to get some points and have fun in the battles.”
“It was great to see so many people with papaya oranges last weekend and I’ll be happy to see all the oranges in the crowd this weekend, clearly there to support McLaren,” joked the Briton, referring to the fans of Max Verstappen. always very present in the Red Bull Ring.
“There’s still a good atmosphere and I hope to be able to build on the foundations of my good performance at Silverstone. We still have a lot of work to do, but we’re still working, improving and fighting.”
Ricciardo will want to forget his disappointment at Silverstone
Daniel Ricciardo arrives from a disastrous weekend at Silverstone, and the Australian will want to catch up on the Red Bull Ring, of which he is a big fan: “The Austrian Grand Prix is always a fun event.”
“It’s a brilliant circuit in a beautiful location and it’s always an exciting race. The latest Sprint races have shown that anything is possible, so I’m willing to take any opportunity that comes my way and my team to create one. ‘n “.
“While the fans were sensational, the result of the British Grand Prix was not what I wanted, and we have work to do before this weekend. We are working hard to understand why we were missing the pace.”
“We’re doing our best to get back on the grid in the second half of the season. We look forward to this weekend and getting better. Keep your head up and keep moving forward.”
An interesting but tough weekend for F1
Piers Thynne, McLaren’s chief operating officer, explains the challenges of the Austrian Grand Prix, but also everything the team will have to do before the summer holidays: “We’re in the middle of the 2022 season and the team is working harder than ever.”
“Working within the budget limit forces teams to do it efficiently, and with three Grand Prix and a tire test before the summer holidays, everyone, both at MTC and on the track, is working hard to give give us the best possible chance to score a good goal. points in the next races “.
“There are opportunities that can arise at the Sprint in Spielberg. There are a lot of things at stake in the Red Bull Ring that we take into account when we prepare the cars and all the parts for the weekend.
“Hard vibrators can easily damage parts, so we need to make sure we have enough spare parts available for all key areas of the car.”
“This is especially important from a production perspective given the increased risk of damage associated with the Sprint format, and the fact that this is the second in a double race.”
“The circuit itself has a lot of interesting features, with its steep slopes and three fast straights, for right climbs. It will be interesting to see how the new generation of cars on the circuit behaves.”