A look at how McLaren fared in the first two races of the season » FirstSportz

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McLaren seems to be in a tricky situation right now. With the first two race weekends behind us, McLaren find themselves 8th in the Constructos Championship with just 6 points. And all the points for the British team are taken with it Lando Norris at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after seventh place.

marquee driver Daniel Ricciardo secured the team’s first Formula 1 race win since 2012, unable to open his account for the season. The Australian was outqualified by his younger team-mate on both Saturdays and appears to be struggling with the new regulations car.

So why has McLaren suffered a slow start to the 2022 season and if so, what are the key points the British team should focus on? Take a look as we analyze Mclaren’s performance as a team in the first two races of the 2022 season.

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How did McLaren fare in the first two races of the season?

McLaren's MCL36 in Bahrain
McLaren’s MCL36 in Bahrain

Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo experienced a rather bumpy start to the season. Ricciardo tested positive a week before the season opener in Bahrain, effectively missing preseason testing. The improved MCL36 combined with a new track in Bahrain meant Ricciardo would be overwhelmed for the race. Lando jumped in to stand in for his teammate, but the extra miles put on seemed to have tired him.

race results Bahrain GP 2022 Saudi Arabia GP 2022
Lando Norris P15 P7
Daniel Ricciardo P14 DNF

In qualifying for the Bahrain GP, ​​Ricciardo was eliminated in Q1 and Lando in Q2. And for the first time since 2020, both McLarens were out ahead of Q3. Lando and Daniel started the race 13th and 18th and finished 15th and 14th respectively. Both cars secured 0 points.

Mclaren had a slightly better weekend in Jeddah with Lando and Daniel starting 11th and 14th respectively. But the MCL 36 still lacked pace and looked sluggish on the Jeddah Corniche high-speed track. Lando secured the team’s first set of points “a very satisfying day”. Unfortunately, Daniel was unable to get double points after he had a problem and retired on lap 38 after coming to a stop at the pit entrance.

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Important insights for McLaren from the first two races

British racing driver Lando Norris
British racing driver Lando Norris

McLaren looked like the dark horses of the season after their strong showing in pre-season testing at Barcelona. But in race conditions, the car seems to get off pace and lacks straight line speed. Compared to brands like Alpine, AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo, the MCL 36 appears to fare significantly worse among all mid-range cars.

Mclaren is yet to qualify for Q3 and has wrestled porpoises in the first two races. But at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Norris had to settle for seventh place after losing to Alpine’s Esteban Ocon on the last lap. The gap between the two was just 0.107s and that seems to be the only positive takeaway for the team.

The team is ready to bring new upgrades to the Australian Grand Prix from April 8th to 10th. Let’s hope the vibrant orange team from Woking can regain their lost form and help Ricciardo achieve a fantastic result in his first home race in three years.

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