Andreas Seidl says sixth and seventh on the grid for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix puts the McLaren F1 Team in a good position to score good points on Sunday afternoon.
It could have been even better had Lando Norris not seen a lap time deleted for exceeding track limits at turn nine, with that lap time good enough for the top three in between the two Red Bull Racing drivers.
However, Seidl, the Team Principal at McLaren, says it was a ‘very positive’ Qualifying effort for the team. Daniel Ricciardo will start the race from sixth, just ahead of Norris, who’s first lap time was good enough for seventh, with the team aiming to score big points on Sunday afternoon.
“P6 and P7 after an exciting qualifying session puts us again in a strong position to fight for good points tomorrow,” said Seidl. “We initially felt a bit disappointed after seeing what would’ve been possible with Lando, who was flying today, but it was very positive to see how competitive we’ve been.
“Daniel didn’t feel as comfortable in the car as Lando earlier in the weekend but did a great job, together with his engineering team, building it up throughout the quali sessions and putting in a good lap at the very end.
“Well done to the team here at the track, back home and at Mercedes for developing and producing a competitive car. Full focus now on preparing for the race. The weather forecast predicts rain for tomorrow afternoon. Let’s get some good points again.”