After never losing a qualifying battle over a whole season to team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr., it is clear that going up against Daniel Ricciardo this year will be another great challenge for Lando Norris qualified seventh with the Australian in sixth.
Norris feels that it was quite a tricky qualifying at the Bahrain International Circuit, only because so many of the cars are so close together in terms of performance, and down to this the British driver feels that they can be happy with sixth and seventh going into Sunday’s race.
“Tricky qualifying, just because it’s very close between everyone. First one of the season, so I think we’re pretty happy with sixth and seventh for the team and getting to see where the car is – it’s a good position for tomorrow.”
Norris believes that the car performs better under long runs, so after all the extra laps put into perfect this in testing and the practice sessions, this can help the McLaren F1 Team out and get a great result in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
“It’s probably a bit more of a race track than a qualifying track, so hopefully, after focusing a little bit on that throughout the weekend, we can be strong tomorrow.”
Fans of Norris and McLaren can tune into the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix which starts as 4pm GMT.