McLaren’s career was very strategic, with a battle between Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo throughout the race. The team had to deal with their desire to outdo themselves and the requests of others to speed up, which frustrated the Briton at the end of the race. But he understands that the two had to help each other.
“Of course, as a driver, you just want to be in the best position possible, especially when you have a good chance of advancing like me.” said Norris. “Daniel didn’t pass me halfway through the race, he stayed behind me and maybe that saved me a few seconds.”
Norris wanted to make it to the end, explaining that he was playing a goal position and not a strategy, but he understands that McLaren froze positions: “It’s a discussion we’re going to have, but I’m not unhappy. Daniel has helped me and I’ve helped him, we’ve finished the points and I’m satisfied.”
“It’s not easy to move forward”
McLaren’s performance was disappointing in Azerbaijan, although he scored six points, and Norris will hope his team can progress soon. He knows that teams are beginning to understand cars, but he remembers that the news should not be underestimated.
“Yesterday we were eliminated in Q2, we don’t want this to happen, the Aston Martin was faster than us, the Mercedes are far ahead, we were close to the Alpine, but it’s difficult. Everyone is moving forward, we I’m also happy with what the team is doing, but we have to keep going. “
“Everyone is working hard, but it’s not easy to improve. It’s not just a matter of putting on a new front wing and gaining the two seconds you need. I want to be positive, I am. Because the team is doing a great job. but it takes time. “
Finally, relativize on the MCL36 porpoise in the race: “I’m not complaining, we had porpoise and tailgating, but it’s the trade-off between the height of the vehicle and the performance. I think Mercedes would like to have a stiffer floor and be able to increase the height of the vehicle, but we have nothing to complain. About. “
Ricciardo “complains” that the pilots have constant porpoise
Daniel Ricciardo finished right in front of his teammate, and discovered a porpoise of an intensity he had never experienced before. The Australian admits it is a very unpleasant feeling for drivers and sympathizes with those, like Mercedes F1, who live it violently every weekend.
“Before the race, I made an appointment for a massage because I knew it would hurt us a little!” laughs at Ricciardo. “No, I add, but today I experienced the porpoise quite violently for the first time, and I’m sorry for those who have experienced it all season. I can speak ill of that, it’s really very wrong.
“I got out of the car, and I felt shaken, shaken. I don’t mean dizzy, but I thought I’d gotten a few blows. I’ve always wanted to be a fighter! It’s not a good thing, I feel like it’s like putting on a basketball near the ground and fast racing, like someone in my helmet. “
Logical instructions “at the beginning and end of the race”
As for the instructions, Ricciardo understands why McLaren insisted on taking no risks. Like Norris, he finds it right for each of the two pilots to help the other. According to him, reversing the positions at the end of the race would not have been of any interest, because Alonso’s Alpine was not possible to advance.
“We had instructions from the team at the beginning of the race to freeze positions, and at the end of the race we had instructions to freeze positions. We returned the favor, we had different tire strategies, I had more pace with the hard tires. ., and had more pace with the hard tires at the end of the race. “
“The bottom line is that the hard tires were better! I saw that Lando was in Fernando’s gearbox on the last corner but couldn’t pass, so we didn’t have enough top speed to overtake. We couldn’t beat them and yes whether it was Lando or me at the front probably didn’t change the outcome. “
A “better understanding” of the MCL36
McLaren had a difficult weekend, however, with six points but a disappointing rating. However, Ricciardo made a disastrous appearance. He sees it as a sign of the progress he has felt throughout the weekend.
“We understand each other better, we’ve taken a step in the right direction. We’ve unlocked knowledge about the car and what we’re trying to do with it. I have the full support of the engineers who are trying to help me. I’m trying to adapt to the car and they’re trying to adapt the car to me. We’re trying to find the sweet spot. “
F1 travels to Montreal next weekend to compete in Canada’s first Grand Prix since 2019. Ricciardo is happy to return to the stage of his first victory and hopes F1 2022 will allow drivers to have fun as much as before on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit.
“I love this circuit, we cross our fingers that we can still attack the sidewalks with these cars because that’s what makes Canada fun. We go up the sidewalks, scrape the grass, we almost believe in a go-kart circuit.”