McLaren Racing’s Lando Norris was very happy with how his opening race of the season in Bahrain on Sunday as he came in fourth place and best of the rest behind Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas having started the race from seventh and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“Very happy. A good result not just for myself but for us as a team. A good amount of points for this first weekend, I stayed out of trouble and I’m very happy. It’s encouraging that we were able to fight with pure pace. It’s a good start – big thanks to the team here and everyone back at the MTC.”
Daniel Ricciardo who started his first race for McLaren from sixth place came home in seventh and speaking following the action the Australian said:
“First one down! I think overall it’s been a good weekend. We can’t complain with that result. I think from the team’s perspective as well it’s good to hit the road with fourth and seventh. I think there’s plenty to learn from. I wasn’t that impressed with my race. We couldn’t find the pace, so every time I tried to get a bit more out of it, it wasn’t really there – but I think there’s plenty to take from the race, plenty to learn from. If what I felt was an okay race ended with a P7, we’re looking alright. We’ll take the positives and learn from the data. Overall, a good weekend for the whole team, and a good first race for McLaren. Thanks to the guys back at MTC and here at the track for their hard work and preparation.”
McLaren Racing F1 Team Principal Andreas Seidl commented on the race saying:
We’ve had a great start this weekend to the 2021 season. Congratulations to the whole team – here in Bahrain, back home at the factory and also, especially, to our colleagues at Mercedes, who worked really hard with our team over the winter to make sure we were ready to hit the ground running at the opening race.
“Today the team executed the race very well, while Lando and Daniel drove strong races to bring us home in P4 and P7. It gives us good points in a Constructors’ Championship that looks already very, very tight. We had the third-quickest car today, but we acknowledge there’s going to be a tense battle for that spot this year. We leave Bahrain committed as ever to working hard, improving our car and ensuring we’re still as competitive at the final race as we were at the first,
It will be a busy second race weekend for McLaren Racing in three weeks as not only will they be in Imola for the Grand Prix there but the Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet NTT IndyCar Series team will be at Barber Motorsprots Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the opening race of the 2021 IndyCar Series season.