The McLaren F1 Team move on to this weekends French Grand Prix, on the back of a good recovery weekend in Azerbaijan after looking slightly off the pace.
For Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, this weekend also marks the start of the first triple header of the season, a physically demanding time for both driver and mechanics. Norris has been one of the star performers so far this season, the British driver is fully aware of how intense the triple header will be, especially now with some of the other midfield teams finding their form.
“Looking back on Baku, we made a good recovery to score some important points for the Constructors’ Championship,” said Norris. “At the same time there’s a lot we can learn from the weekend that we can take into the triple-header.”
“Three races back-to-back can be intense, but everyone at the track and the factory is prepared and is continuing to give everything to give us the best chance to compete for points. We need to keep pushing as a team to extract the most out of the car to stay in this tight battle with our competitors.”
This weekend see’s the championship move away from the streets, with every round of the triple header coming from a traditional circuit, something Norris hopes will bring good racing.
“Switching from a run of street circuits to more traditional tracks with France and Austria will be an exciting challenge. It’s great to be returning to Paul Ricard for the French Grand Prix after everything that’s happened in the last year. It’s a fun, fast track with a mix of corners and opportunities for good racing.”
“Let’s stay focused” – Daniel Ricciardo
For Ricciardo, the season continues to struggle to get into gear, the Australian still can’t keep the pace of team-mate Norris in what is quickly becoming a worrying situation for the driver.
Despite all this, the upcoming triple header is exactly what Ricciardo might need, the driver is excited to have more continuous time behind the wheel to not only cover more mileage, but also increase his confidence.
’“We head to France this week to start the first triple-header of the season and I can’t wait to get started. Three back-to-back races can be seen as a challenge, but it’s also a great opportunity to get continuous time in the car and really build on the progress we’ve made so far.”
“Being able to consecutively put more miles in over the next three weekends combined with the work we’ve done in the simulator will hopefully get us to a good place and continue to build my confidence in the car.”
Like Norris, Ricciardo is looking forward to racing on a much more forgiving circuit than Monaco and Baku, in the hope that his season will kick into life.
“We definitely had a productive weekend in Baku with several positive moments. I’m looking forward to racing at Paul Ricard this weekend. It’s a much more conventional and forgiving track than Baku that also comes with slightly fewer risks. So, let’s stay focused, try and make everything click and see what we can do!”