Last year Lando Norris took the podium in Imola and finished third. McLaren thinks the speed of the MCL36 won’t allow them to compete for top three places this weekend, but they are aiming to earn points from two cars at the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.
Lando Norris: “I’m happy to be back in Imola! Last year’s race was great – I earned the first podium of the season. The team is not battling for a top three place yet, but I hope we make progress this weekend and take another step forward.
Imola is a fast track with some special features, so it should be fun to drive new cars. The sprint always creates interest for the fans, and I am curious how the weekend will go.
The Australian stage was positive for the team, but we know there is still a lot to do before we are in the positions we want. It is necessary to keep adding, learn the features of the machine and be ready to take any opportunity.
Daniel Riccardo: “I remain in a good mood after a strong result at the home stage in Melbourne. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going in Imola. Sprint is back this weekend, so anything is possible. You have to stand firm on the ground and keep improving the car to get the most out of it.
Imola has a technically difficult track, fast and smooth. I wonder how our cars will perform in such conditions. Last year we scored a lot of points at Imola and I hope we will score points this weekend as well.
Stage in Melbourne was a positive step forward, but the performance of the machine is still far from the performance we want to see. Thanks to the team on base and on the track for the work done. We keep attacking!”
Andreas Seidli, Team Principal: “We’ve had a good run at Imola since the track was back on the calendar in 2020 – both races scored points with two cars. The team sets the same goal for this weekend.
The characteristics of the track and the sprint format offer additional possibilities, so we have to be ready to use them at any time.
Imola has a great historical circuit. Let’s see how the situation with overtaking new cars will be. Now that the grid is forming in Saturday’s sprint, fans are in for an exciting weekend. The riders have an extra incentive, because now in the sprint the top gets eight points.
Fifth and sixth places in Australia were an excellent result for the team and a testament to the hard work of every employee in Woking. We will keep fighting and moving forward – the team will do everything possible this weekend.”
Source: F1 News
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