Friday’s free practice at the Italian doctor was a surprise for McLaren. Andreas Seidl, team principal, has already spoken about how well the MCL36 adapts to high-powered tracks, which is the opposite of the Monza circuit. However, the results were positive.
Lando Norris took sixteenth place in FP1, but in the second session he set the fourth fastest time. In the team’s press release, he reflects on the first day of track activities. “A smart day. We made good progress in the afternoon, so I’m happy with that. Even if we’re not where we need to be.
“So a few tweaks tonight and a little homework and tweaks and adjustments, and hopefully we can take a step forward, and that gives us confidence to be in a good position tomorrow.”
His teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, also had a good result, although it was not as impressive as fourth place. In the statement, he said: “This song is so unique that it comes with a different arrangement, you don’t know what to expect. I think the day was pretty good.
“Lando’s afternoon looked really good, which is encouraging, so let’s try to learn a few things from this setup. I think my afternoon was average – but I’m motivated by his pace [Norris] and look forward to tomorrow.”