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United States GP: Race team notes - McLaren

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24/10/2021

Daniel Ricciardo: "I'm really happy. We weren't quicker than the Ferraris, so I'm happy to beat one of them. I had to defend pretty hard for a few laps there, so I'm happy to have held him off. It was a tricky race. I was fighting quite a bit to hold what I had, but I think on paper fifth is really good. It's good points. We stole a little bit from Carlos [Sainz], and Valtteri [Bottas] got him at the end, so that was a bit of damage limitation. We'll come back in Mexico and hopefully have a bit more to show against them. The fans were awesome, the crowd was sick, hopefully they enjoyed it."

Lando Norris: "A very difficult race today. The wind conditions and the temperature made it very difficult to look after the tyres, so that meant we struggled quite a bit with pace compared to the Ferraris, who were strong today. I also think there were some areas I could've done better, including defending on some moves. The start was pretty exciting but we just weren't able to stay ahead of the Ferraris in front. So, not a great day today, but we'll pick ourselves up and look forward to Mexico. I just want to get back in the car already and keep working hard to make some progress in our championship battle."

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: "P5 and P8 today here at COTA was pretty much everything that was on the table. We were fighting a very strong Ferrari team this weekend and did well to get ahead of at least one of them and retain P3 in the Constructors' Championship. A strong race for Daniel today, getting past Carlos [Sainz] on the first lap and then soaking up enormous pressure all the way to the flag. With Lando not making up any positions at the beginning of the race, it became a difficult one for him, but he stayed right there in the hunt all the way to the line. Good job from everyone at the track this weekend who've put in long hours in hot conditions, well supported, as always, by everyone back at the factory and our colleagues at Mercedes HPP.

"It's been a very busy week for us in Austin. We've had a series of great events with our partners, sponsors and guests, and really enjoyed a fabulous atmosphere at a packed and lively COTA, filled with brilliant, enthusiastic fans. We'll go home now, regroup and analyse the race to see how we might get even more out of this package when we come back across the Atlantic for the Mexican Grand Prix."

Check out our Sunday gallery from COTA, here.

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1. Posted by Mad Matt, 25/10/2021 9:22

"Nice to see Daniel do well but a bit of an odd race. The coverage I was watching played a message telling Carlos to give Lando back the place but it wasn't clear if he did or not. It seemed to me that Carlos went fully off the track so it was a reasonable request.....

Either way Lando seemed to struggle to dial into the track and while he finished within striking distance of Carlos he spent most of the race losing tenths to Carlos and Daniel. A shame as while I like Carlos I was hoping McLaren could take a few more points away with Ferrari."

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2. Posted by kenji, 25/10/2021 0:37

"How the pendulum swings? COTA was a bit of a messy race really. I did expect a bit better racing but there were some excellent moments to savor. Leclerc drove a top race and he was well out of touch with the McLarens. Ricciardo drove a stonking race and his moves on Sainz were some of the best. I was surprised that Sainz would complain as he too knows how to get his 'elbows' out when called for. Ricciardo left him room and they were quite evenly matched, for a very short while, but DR showed his skill and was never headed by the Ferrari. Norris was off the page and never looked like being competitive. Little by little, inch by inch [ tear down the wall ] the Honey Badger is improving and once he feels fully at ease in the car he will add many points to the team's tally. It's been tough going for him and Norris is no slouch. Looking forward to Mexico now and hopefully Red Bull can build a bigger gap to Mercedes and take the WC."

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