The troubles for McLaren have accumulated since the team arrived Bahrain for the second round of preseason testing. On the first day when Daniel Ricciardo was testing for the team, he wasn’t in the garage due to his illness, now declared COVID. The driver will miss the third day of testing but is expected to be present at the Bahrain GP.
Lando Norris has moved up for the team and has been testing for the first few days looking towards day three giving him plenty of track time in the new MCL36. The driver said in an official McLaren statement: “It was as good a day as it could be. There are still a few issues we are working to solve, so again today we made the best of what we could.”
McLaren in Bahrain was challenged by the problem of overheating brakes. The problem is not expected to be resolved until the team receives the special delivery direct from England within a day. This problem worries them as it does not allow the car to travel long distances and risks the car catching fire.
Lando Norris’ view of the Bahrain tests so far
Lando rode both days and is ready for the third. The driver spoke about the problems with the car in an official statement from the team. “I don’t have a feel for the longer runs yet, but we improved on the short runs and did more aero testing. It was difficult as the wind changed so much and the sand was blown onto the track. Despite the challenges, we made the best of what we could do today.”
James Key set his goal for Day 3 and was grateful for Lando’s efforts. He said, “Lando’s feedback was precise and helpful, and that has allowed us to make good progress today as we broadened our understanding of the car and introduced new developments. We look forward to catching up some kilometers tomorrow on the last day of pre-season testing and then focus on the first race of the 2022 season.”
However, McLaren is expected to be ready for the race weekend. The team will be in full force with the return of Daniel Ricciardo and the final version of the car ahead of the first race of the season.
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