Oscar Piastri has reached the qualifying final for the first time and will be fighting for the first points in Formula 1, although he admits that the McLaren MCL60 is not doing well at top speed. Lando Norris will start from the last row because he made a mistake in the first qualifying session and damaged his car.
Oscar Pistri (9th): “The car left a good impression, already in the third practice everything was fine with the balance, and in qualifying the picture was the same. It made me happy, the steering feel was better than yesterday, but also my confidence in the car is growing. As a result, I gradually gained the necessary speed in Jeddah and today I did a few good laps.
I probably didn’t even expect such a result, but tomorrow I will try to compete for points. In addition, the pace in long series was better in training than in one fast lap. Let’s see if this happens again on Sunday, because we have to admit that our car does not have the highest speed limit.
Lando Norris (19e): “Honestly, I made a stupid mistake and paid a high price for it. Of course I had to go calmly into the second part of qualifying, and maybe into the last session. But today I let the team down: contact with the barrier damaged the steering of the car.
I don’t know yet if I can win back, but in theory there is such a possibility, because the car works more efficiently here than in Bahrain. I hope I can do it, although it’s harder to overtake on this track, so I don’t know what to tune yet. Let’s see how it turns out.”
Source: F1 News
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