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Spanish GP: Race team notes - McLaren

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22/05/2022

Lando Norris: "Today was tough. I was feeling really unwell before the race as I'm suffering with tonsillitis, and that, in combination with the high temperatures, made this one of the hardest races I've ever done. I've been a bit on the backfoot this weekend as most of my energy has been spent fighting off this illness. I've had to miss a lot of engineering sessions, which has compromised my weekend, and I definitely wasn't as prepared for the Grand Prix as I could have been. With that in mind, I'm really pleased to have come out of the race with decent points for the team.

"The team have been working really hard to bring performance to the car, so I'm glad we could take something from the weekend. We'll look at the data over the next few days, see if there's any additional performance we can extract from the car and make sure we're ready to go for Monaco."

Daniel Ricciardo: "It wasn't a good race today. I'd love to find something positive, but it was just a struggle from the start. I was slow, and I simply had a lot less grip than everyone else around me. With the three stops, we had four chances on different sets of tyres, but we didn't have the pace on any of them. I'm not really sure why, to be honest, so we'll try to have a look and understand it. Hopefully, we can get on top of it as the upgrades we brought were good. We've got a short turnaround for Monaco and then we'll go again and hope for a better one in a week."

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: "It was a long and challenging Spanish Grand Prix under very hot conditions. Lando together with the team maximised everything we had in our hands today and finished in P8. On Daniel's side unfortunately, after getting into Q3 yesterday, we were struggling a lot with the rear of the car whenever we tried to push more, and went backwards in the race finishing in P12. We have some homework to do over the next couple of days to understand why.

"The entire team here at the track and back home did a great job in the recent weeks and days to bring all the upgrades to the car this weekend and race it on both cars. This allowed us to make a step forward in terms of performance and it worked as expected but we still have a lot of work to do in understanding and optimising it in the weeks ahead. We are up against strong competition and must keep working hard to improve the car further to stay in the battle for P4 in the constructor championship.

"Lando did not feel well all weekend but showed great fighting spirit battling it through and bringing home some points for the team. We wish him a speedy recovery now in the next few days and will hopefully have him back at full energy in Monaco in a couple of days.

"My thanks to the whole team here at the track and back at the factory, together with our colleagues at Mercedes HPP for their efforts over the weekend and for their incredible work to bring the upgrade. We keep pushing ahead and go to Monaco."

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1. Posted by kenji, 24/05/2022 2:12

"@ Mad Matt...Exactly as I also said in another thread. The fact that his performance was abysmal across all tyres and all compounds would indicate that. Bad business all around and he must be suffering as a result. Daniel is a highly motivated positive individual but there are limits. The media, as expected, are having a field day and hopefully Ricciardo can ignore most of it.The team are impressively supportive and rightfully so. Monaco is one of Daniel's specialities having proved the point at least twice. I continue to hope that he can overcome all the negativity and that he can get back to his provision of spectacular racing that we all enjoy.
















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2. Posted by Mad Matt, 23/05/2022 9:00

"While I've got a soft spot for Lando having watched him since Ginetta Juniors I suspect Daniel's problems were probably setup related and I'd guess that the setup which served him well in qualifying didn't do so well in the race with higher temperatures... hence his complaint about a lack of grip.

Let's hope the setup blues go away for Monaco and that they're both back on top form."

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3. Posted by hussainahm, 22/05/2022 19:46

"It’s very worrying when Lando finished much higher than Daniel even when he’s sick."

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