Formula 1

McLaren’s Andrea Stella: “Overall, the car seemed reasonably competitive”

1 Mins read
Credit: Charles Coates/Motorsport Images/McLaren F1 Team

Andrea Stella says Friday at the Red Bull Ring was productive for the McLaren F1 Team, with Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris ending inside the top ten in the afternoon session.

Neither Ricciardo nor Norris finished inside the top ten in the morning, with the Australian ending twelfth and the Briton sixteenth, although both were within one-second of the fastest time of the session set by Max Verstappen.

Changes to both cars in-between sessions saw a dramatic improvement, with Ricciardo setting the second-best time of the day with a 1:05.748, with Verstappen the only driver ahead of him.  Norris also improved to eight, just over two-tenths of a second behind his team-mate.

Stella, the Executive Director of Racing at McLaren, says the work the team was able to get a lot of work done despite the threat of rain in the area, and it appears the MCL35M appears to be competitive this weekend at the Red Bull Ring.

He hopes the team can find even more speed overnight ahead of final practice, with Qualifying on Saturday afternoon likely to be extremely close from front to back.

“It’s been a productive Friday,” said Stella.  “Despite there being rain around, it didn’t affect the programme and we could go through our run plan.

“That revolved around set-up work, some aerodynamic tests and, of course, understanding the tyres in preparation for the race – we saw in France what a difference tyre degradation can make. Overall, the car seemed reasonably competitive.

“We’ll keep an eye on the weather – which remains unsettled – but we’re looking forward to qualifying and the race.”

12019 posts

About author
Thirty-something motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1, Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula 3. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton Leads a Mercedes 1-2 In Qualification at the Hungarian Grand Prix

2 Mins read
Hamilton lead a front row lockout for the Mercedes team ahead of the two Red Bull Racing drivers at the 2021 Hungarian GP qualification
Formula 1

George Russell ‘can handle’ being in Top Team amid Mercedes Link – Jost Capito

1 Mins read
George Russell is ready to move to a top team in Formula 1, according to his current Team Principal Jost Capito.
Formula 1

Hamilton Edges Verstappen in Final Practice at Hot Hungaroring as Schumacher Crashes

3 Mins read
Lewis Hamilton was quickest by 0.088 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen in the final free practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.

Leave a Reply