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Austrian GP: Qualifying team notes - McLaren

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03/07/2021

Lando Norris: "Very happy! My best result in qualifying in Formula 1, so a big achievement for us as a team but also for myself. It was one of the best laps I've done. To only be half a tenth off pole is a great achievement for everyone. It makes you miss it from your early career! I don't think we could've done a lot more, so P2 is awesome for us and a great position to start from tomorrow. Let's see what we can do in the race."

Daniel Ricciardo: "Unfortunately, a similar result to last week. It did feel better, but it's just not translating into lap-time. In Q1, I was pretty happy with the laps. I felt like I'd done quite well but I was still half a second off. So, it's a bit of a head-scratch. I don't really know where else to get the extra speed from at the moment, so I'll keep chipping away. We've got the tyre choice tomorrow, so we'll try to make another good start like last week and keep sailing through the field."

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: "It's been nine years since McLaren has qualified on the front row, so P2 today for Lando is a great result for the entire team and our colleagues at Mercedes HPP. A reward for the hard work that everyone has been putting in over the last month to keep improving the car and make this possible today. Lando's been flying, continuously improving with every single lap all through the qualifying sessions.

"On Daniel's side, it was another challenging qualifying session which ended with him in P13 - but at this circuit and with the strategy options we're expecting, he can have a good race from there. While we've had a good moment, it's important to switch our focus to tomorrow, which is when the points get distributed. The objective is clear: we've got to get Daniel back into the points and score another big result with Lando for our battle in the Constructors' Championship."

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1. Posted by Wokingchap, 04/07/2021 11:20

"Bill Hopgood...totally agree, awesome. After all these dificult years, back to the front. We love it."

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2. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 03/07/2021 21:31

"Awesome job Mr Norris and team.

I'm expecting that in the race, a similar position at the finish to last week as there is some mighty quick cars behind, particularly those red ones.

Hopefully Ricciardo gets a flyer of a start, doesn't hit anyone (always a risk back there) and gets to keep the places he makes up."

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