Gil de Ferran hoping for strong McLaren performance in his hometown

by Vince Pettit
Lando Norris

McLaren F1 Team Sporting Director Gil de Ferran heads back to Brazil with the team for the first time since his appointment with the team and he is hoping that luck will change for Fernando Alonso.

“I’m looking forward to returning to my hometown for the first time with McLaren for the Brazilian Grand Prix.” said de Ferran ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix. “It’s a race that has been an important part of Formula 1 history for many years and has an incredible fan base of passionate Brazilian aficionados of the sport. 

“It’s a track on which legends of the sport have won and lost grands prix in the most dramatic circumstances, and unpredictable weather has played its part in influencing the outcome, too. This all adds to the magic of Interlagos and I hope we can see another weekend of great racing this year.”

The McLaren team trail Haas F1 Team twenty-two points as the hunt down fifth place in the championship and fend off the Racing Point Force India F1 Team who are fifteen points behind in seventh.

“As we enter the penultimate grand prix of the season, we are as focussed as ever on getting the most out of our car’s performance in the final two races, and bringing home as many points as we can.

“Fernando, in particular, has had an unlucky run of late, so we’ll be working hard to bring both cars home across the finish line at what is traditionally a gruelling race for both car and driver.”

Lando Norris will get another chance to drive the McLaren during the first practice session of the race weekend ahead of his Formula 1 debut in 2019.

“Finally, Lando will once again step into the cockpit during Friday morning’s Free Practice 1 session, to gain more valuable experience behind the wheel at a new circuit.”

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