Ricciardo and Norris to Australia, McLaren progress in small steps – News

It is the most anticipated return, after three years in which it was forced by Covid-19 to stay out of the game. The Australian GP returns with a profoundly renewed, very fast and on which tracing McLaren hopes to continue the recovery started in Saudi Arabia. There is a lot to work on in Woking, the MCL36 was not born well and the positions close to the best, today Ferrari and Red Bull, seem to be still a long way off.

Home race for Ricciardo, Albert Park. He who, more than any other rider, has been affected by the distance from home in recent years. After the Saudi Arabian GP I returned to Perth and I feel rested, prepared and enthusiastic in getting into one of my favorite weekends of the whole year.

It will be great to try the new layout, especially the quick right turn, which seems to be so fast. “he says referring to the changes on Turn 7 and 8.

Ricciardo sees progress despite the retirement

Then there is the sporting data, the retirement suffered in Jeddah – despite everything – has left room for glimmers of recovery. “It was a frustrating conclusion to the race though it was encouraging to see how the hard work of the team is gradually starting to pay off. There have been a lot of positives to take from the weekend and I feel much more comfortable in the car and we are focused on the tasks at hand. “says Daniel.

Progress while waiting for the aerodynamic package of the MCL36 to find other solutions, in the words of Andreas Seidl, of long-term interventions that also contemplate the questioning of the aerodynamic concept underlying the single-seater.

A single-seater that Norris brought to seventh place in Arabia, a glue from Ocon in the final sprint: about 1 tenth between the two.

Norris: McLaren facing a long recovery

It will be only the second edition of the Australian GP that Lando will face: “I can’t wait to get out on track, especially after the changes made since we last raced here three years ago.

For me it is a special race, having debuted in 2019; with the pandemic we have not run since then, I worked hard on the simulator to familiarize myself with the track and changes “.

The result in the points and the battle with Alpine are not the positions McLaren aspired to be fighting for at the beginning of 2022. “The race in Jeddah showed the small progress we have made but we still have a long way to go to recover. We are all working to develop the car and unlock performance, we know it will be a long way. “

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