On the one hand, the smiles, the enthusiasm and the ambition that derive from a splendid and unexpected front row. On the other, the concern for a difficult situation that shows no signs of unblocking. The box appears very divided in two McLaren, with opposite sensations to go through it. In Austria Lando Norris gave the historic British team the first start from the front row – with the second time on the grid – from the 2012 Brazilian GP. tomorrow. In parallel, however, the other MCL35M of Daniel Ricciardo he even missed entering Q3. The Australian, even on soft tires, did not pass the Q2 cut and will start only 13th.
GP Austria 2021, the starting grid
“Unfortunately we got a similar result to last week – commented disappointed the native of Perth – I felt better, but that didn’t translate into a better lap time. In Q1 I was quite satisfied. I felt I had done pretty well, but I was still half a second away. It’s a bit of a headache at the moment. I really don’t know where to get the extra speed from. We have the possibility to choose the tires tomorrow, so we will try to make another good start like last week and get back through the group “.
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Of course, the mood of Lando Norris is quite different: “I’m very happy. This is my best qualifying result in Formula 1, so it represents a great result for us as a team but also for myself. It was one of the best laps I’ve ever done. Being only half a tenth from pole is a great result for everyone. It makes you feel nostalgia for the first years of your career – joked the Bristol native – I don’t think we could have done much more. Second position is fantastic for us and is a great position to start from tomorrow. Let’s see what we can do in the race “.