Heading into the first double-header of the 2021 Formula 1 season, McLaren are confident they can keep pushing at the Spanish Grand Prix.
After what can only be described as a sensational start to the Formula 1 year, McLaren are aiming to keep the ball rolling at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.
Despite Ricciardo’s struggles, he has still managed to finish in the top 10 at each race. Adding some valuable points to the haul that Norris has been bringing in.
The MCL35M looks to be a strong car, with early competition for third in the Constructors’ Championship coming from Ferrari. While Alpine joined the party at last week’s Portuguese Grand Prix as a possible contender.
Oozing confidence at present, Norris is keen to keep up the good run of form the team has enjoyed over recent weeks.
“I’m excited to go to Spain!” Norris Said. “We seem to be on good form at the moment, so we’re just trying to keep that up, keep scoring points and things like that. It’s still early days in the championship, so another weekend like Portugal would be nice.
“We need to keep plugging away, keep trying to get some points and another good result in qualifying. We’ll see what we can do and what the car’s like, but I’m confident we can execute a good race.”
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) May 5, 2021
Ricciardo aiming to ‘push’ at Spanish Grand Prix
The circuit at Barcelona is one where any driver with a couple of F1 seasons under their belt should feel quite comfortable. It has long been the track where offseason testing has been held, with drivers putting cars through their paces ahead of the upcoming year.
Ricciardo will need all the familiarity he can get, as he continues to try and become one with the MCL35M, as Norris looks to have done.
The sooner he can get comfortable with the car, the sooner he will be able to challenge Norris. Something that looks to be out of his grasp at present.
Ricciardo is confident, however, that the knowledge he has of the Barcelona track will allow him to focus more on pushing the car and not worrying about other factors.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back on track in Spain,” Ricciardo said. “Having been to two unique circuits in Imola and Portimão, it’ll be good to get some laps in on a circuit I know really well. All the teams do so much testing at Barcelona, so we pretty much know what to expect right out of the box.
“Having so much familiarity with the circuit and the high levels of grip should mean I can really push the car and not have too many other factors to worry about. I’m feeling more and more comfortable with every race distance, so I’m really excited to see what we can do in the next few races.”
McLaren confident, but not complacent
Always the optimist, McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl remains quietly confident heading into the Spanish Grand Prix. He has a team that seems to be firing on all cylinders, and confidence in both his drivers.
However, he does remain cautious, wanting to avoid complacency in a sport where standings can change drastically from week to week.
While the drivers may feel comfortable with the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, it is notoriously known as a difficult track to overtake on. Ensuring a good qualifying positon will ultimately help the team’s prospects of scoring some good points. Something Seidl touched on:
“As always, qualifying is an important part of the weekend, but particularly so at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where overtaking can be difficult,” Seidl said. “We’ve made a strong start to the season but we know we mustn’t get complacent, especially when we see how close the competition is.
“Lando has had a great start to the season and remains in good form, while Daniel is really starting to show his confidence in the car, with last Sunday’s battle back into the points proving the progress he’s making. We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do when he’s totally comfortable.”