McLaren fans were terribly disappointed after the Woking-based team showed several problems with the car and performed poorly in the first two races of the 2022 F1 season. Some even thought that while McLaren rose to occupy a good place during the turbo-hybrid era, they are back at the bottom of the line due to new regulations introduced by the FIA this year. But to put an end to all this speculation, McLaren made a comeback during the Australian GP where both riders finished in the top 10 in free practice.
To add to team principal Zak Brown’s delight, the McLaren boys did pretty well in the qualifiers at Albert Park. Lando Norris finished fourth, securing a second row start in Sunday’s race, ahead of the Mercedes and one of the Ferraris. And Daniel Ricciardo, who went into the Australian GP with high expectations because it’s his home race, was seventh.
While both racers struggled at Jeddah to even get into Q2 from Q1, McLaren engineers finally cracked it and McLaren is now back in the top 10. When asked about his feelings after finishing fourth in such a tough qualifying said Lando Norris it was mind blowing, almost like he had won pole position!
“A very good result for us”: From GP McLaren raises expectations after two top 10 qualifying positions
While McLaren have struggled at the bottom of the line in the last two races, they prevailed in Australia to show their worth. Compared to where the team was two weeks ago, Lando said it was -“a very good result for us, it kind of feels like pole position where we’ve been for the last couple of weekends.”
When asked about his comments on their improvement from the first two races this season, Lando Norris said: “I think we’re still a long way off the pace, but to be a lot further up position-wise it’s nice to see. A good reward for me, a good reward for the team [but] whether the car has made much progress or not is difficult to say.“
With Russell finishing sixth in Q3, he will start the race in the row right next to Landos. The two young British talents competed in Formula 2, where Russell became world champion.
This time around, Lando Norris is thrilled to be back up against his old competitor as he said: “It’s been a while. Really, F2 I’d say because we had our last good fights in Monza or something. I look forward to it. I think we can have some good races and hopefully we can go up against them [Mercedes] more often.“
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