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Australian GP: Preview - McLaren

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05/04/2022

Lando Norris: "I'm looking forward to getting out on track in the new car in Melbourne, especially with the changes they've made since we last raced there 3 years ago. I'm excited to see what progress we can make. It's a special race for me, as I made my debut there in 2019 and with the pandemic, we haven't raced there since, so I've been working hard in the sim to get back up to speed with the track, especially with the new changes.

"The race in Jeddah showed the small steps we've made but we've still got a long way to go. The points were a nice reward for the team's hard work. As a team, at track and back at the factory, we're working hard to develop the car and unlock more performance, but we know we've got a long way to go."

Daniel Ricciardo: "It's good to be home! I am beyond excited to get back out on track in Melbourne. Nothing beats a home crowd, and the Australian fans are some of the best in the world. I've been back in Perth since the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, and I feel rested, prepared and excited to get stuck into one of my favourite weekends of the year. It will also be great to try out the new layout for myself, particularly the sweeping right hander as it seems fast.

"The end to my race in Jeddah was frustrating but it was encouraging to see how the team's hard work is starting to pay off bit by bit. There were a lot of positives to take out of the weekend and I'm a lot more comfortable in the car. We still have a long way to go, and we're focused on the task at hand. Let's get back out there, fight as hard as we can and hopefully put on a bit of a show!"

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: "The team and I are excited to be back in Australia after a few years, especially with the significance of it being Daniel's first home race with McLaren. There have been some significant changes to the track since we last raced here back in 2019, with the widening of the entry to some corners and changing the old chicane to a fast-flowing right hander. It will be great to see how the new regulation cars respond to this as it should make for exciting racing and good on-track battles.

"The Australian Grand Prix is always a great but trickier race when taking into consideration the jet lag and logistics of racing so far from our base in Woking. But the global stage is one of the reasons why F1 is so exciting. We'll keep giving everything and do what we can to maximise our result in Melbourne."

Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit

Race laps: 58

Circuit length: 5.303 km/3.925 miles

Total race distance: 307.574 km/191.118 miles

Number of corners: 16 (10 right, 6 left) - Actually its 14

Allocated tyre compounds: Hard: C2, Medium: C3 and Soft: C5

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1. Posted by Wokingchap, 05/04/2022 8:45

"Let's hope things are another step forward for McLaren here, good luck boys."

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