Lando Norris thrilled after P3 in Imola GP qualifying » FirstSportz
With five red flags in a single qualifying session, Friday’s qualifier at the Imola Grand Prix was definitely full of incidents on the grid. While teams like AlphaTauri returned from the circuit utterly disappointed at not even making it into Q2, Haas outdid himself as Kevin Magnussen secured a P4 position and lined up on the second row next to it for the start of tomorrow’s sprint race Lando Norrisa first-ever achievement for Haas in their entire history in Formula 1.
This new season of F1 hasn’t been too kind to teams like Mercedes, who have suffered from race pace and reliability issues since the season opener in Bahrain. Another team that underperforms is McLaren. But luckily for the Woking team, they were able to pinpoint their problems and found a solution. As we saw in Australia, McLaren got back into the top 10 and gave new hope to all its fans.
McLaren driver Lando Norris expresses his delight after taking third place on the grid in Imola GP qualifying
After struggling in Q1 in Bahrain, McLaren fans had thought their favorite team was in for a tumultuous season in this year’s F1 Championship. But Andreas Seidl had said in a recent interview he hoped Norris and Ricciardo would maintain the performance they put on in Australia two weeks ago and continue to earn good points for the team. And that’s exactly what happened. Both McLaren drivers – Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris – outperformed some tough opponents like Perez in his Red Bull and both Silver Arrows to claim their top 10 positions on the grid.
Lando Norris talks about the good performances of the team in his interview after qualifying called“A good starting position for tomorrow. I am happy. We made the most of today and have the opportunity to score good points.“
Pleased with the team’s results, fans still couldn’t get the image out of their minds of McLaren boss Zac Brown shaking his head as Norris hit his car into the side wall. With just 32 seconds remaining, Lando Norris did a flying lap and went straight into the sidewall, initiating a fifth qualifying red flag. The session ended there and the drivers were allocated their respective grid positions based on available results from the previous laps in Q3.
Now McLaren fans must pray that Norris’ car does not suffer irreparable damage from hitting the wall and that the engineers in their car are able to repair his car in time for a brilliant sprint race tomorrow.
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