Arrow McLaren SP President Taylor Kiel summed up the team’s afternoon at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg simply saying they had a really tough day. The team were unable to replicate the pace that Pato O’Ward showed at Barber Motorsports Park last weekend.

Speaking following the race, Kiel commented saying:

It was a really tough day. First of all, we’re proud of Felix for battling. He struggled a bit this weekend and last trying to find the feeling he is looking for. I think the group did a good job of rallying around him and trying to give him something that he likes, and we saw progress today. We saw his ability to move up the field in what was a very tough situation with the fuel save numbers that everyone was trying to achieve, so that was good on him.

 

Certainly, on the No. 5 side, it was a very disappointing day. I think it really started on Lap 1. It was a difficult first lap and from there on out it was difficult to do anything with the pace of the race. Everybody was in a very big fuel save. It was kind of a follow the leader situation which is always difficult, you have to just stay patient and try to make it to the end of these stints. It’s very hard thing to do. You see some of the other guys like Dixon and Newgarden, certainly Herta, who were able to make it work.

 

We’ve got work to do internally to put ourselves in a better position. It was a tough day but we’re going to take the positives out of it, address the learnings and we’ll be better for it. We’ll go to Texas and put our best foot forward and maximize points.

Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet started the race from 6th and came home in 19th and speaking following the race he said:

“It was a tough day here in St. Petersburg. I don’t know how to describe it. However, we will switch gears and look forward to Texas. It’s a doubleheader and a lot of points will be up for grabs. So the entire Arrow McLaren SP team will be looking to redeem ourselves.”

Felix Rosenqvist in the No.7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet started the race from 17th and came home  in 12th and speaking following the race he commented saying:

“We just finished a long race at St. Pete. It was okay but not anything fantastic. I made a little step forward with the car but still have to do more to compete at the front. We were able to follow the field but really couldn’t move forward. The field was so tight that if you didn’t have that little extra, it was hard to move forward. It was good to finish the race, get some points, and move on to Texas where I think we should be able to get good points in those two races for Arrow McLaren SP.”

 

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