McLaren F1 Team finished the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship testing one of the stronger teams. The duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris didn’t run into any major issues and everything was pretty smooth sailing.
Ricciardo got his first real taste of how the MCL35M runs and couldn’t be happier with how the past three days have gone for him. On both Friday and Saturday’s AM tests, the Australian finished top of the pack, cementing himself in as a real threat in the 2021 season.
Ricciardo said: “So that wraps up the test. I’m really happy to have got it done reliably with no real issues or concerns, it’s been a really smooth three days. I’m really thankful to the team, both here at the track and back at the factory, for putting together a good car for these days at the test. They’ve really made me feel at home, so I’m feeling comfortable and I can’t wait to come back here and get on track for the Bahrain Grand Prix.”
Even though there was no major issues for the team, Norris did run into a few small issues. Although no team wants anything wrong with their car, Norris was glad it happened during testing so the team had time to learn about it an address it.
“Our last day in the car was good. We struggled with a few things which is, in a way, bad and good. You never want to run into issues, but it’s good we’ve learned about the car and have time to address it before we come back for the race. So, positives and negatives, but all in all it’s a positive, and this is exactly what we’re here to do during the test.” said Norris
“It’s nice to be back at a track and I feel like I’m in a good place going into the race in a couple of weeks, so I’m excited to come back. A big thanks to the guys here at track and back in the factory, as well as the team at Mercedes HPP, for their hard work. It’s been a good few days of pre-season testing.”