McLaren performed well in qualifying today in Spain, and felt that their improvements worked as expected. Daniel Ricciardo took P9 and Lando Norris took P11.
James Key, Executive Technical Director: “It’s been a busy weekend, we’ve brought a lot of new things to the car here at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Much of yesterday was spent trying to understand and improve our update, and there was a lot of work overnight. In FP3 we made the progress we expected, and we were able to start to see the performance gain, and so far everything is well connected, but there is still a little work to do to get the most out of our new parts. Qualifying was a mixed bag. Daniel did a good job to get to Q3 and will start in P9 , Lando was unlucky to miss his Q2 lap, running on the restricted part of the track, and unfortunately missed a lap enough to put him in the top 10 today. He’s only dropped to P11, however, and he can achieve a lot from there tomorrow, there’s everything to play. Our setup is biased towards the race and not qualifying, so we hope to make good progress tomorrow.”
Ricciardo: “It was a very good session. I am happy with the Q3. I think that was definitely our goal, so we had to work for it. I think it’s been a rough weekend so far, just trying to figure out the new parts of the car, but I’m pretty happy going into Q3. I think we are still struggling a bit in some areas, so I am trying to complete everything, but in theory, nine is a good place to start, and we will continue to work. So I hope we will continue to make improvements and we can get points tomorrow.”
Norris: “It was a disappointing end to what was not a very good day. From what I could see in the cockpit, I thought I was in line, but unfortunately I wasn’t, so I took a lap. We had good pace in the car and could have been two or three places ahead. Overtaking Barcelona is difficult and it won’t be an easy race, but I hope we can get a chance and have a good Spanish doctor.