Lando Norris the McLaren Formula One driver after his P6 finish at Silverstone has indicated that his team could have had a better result had they not messed up his pitstop strategy.
Lando Norris was in a battle with Alpine’s Fernando Alonso for fifth place but just wasn’t able to snatch the place away from the experienced Spanish driver.
After the race, the young Brit while stressing what could have been, stressed that the choice of strategy by the team during the race was not right and pointed to it as one of the main factors that stopped him from propelling his MCL36 to P5.
While talking about his home outing, Norris said, “First of all, it was nice to see Zhou, Alex and George get out of their cars safely today – commented the Brit after the race – it’s never nice to see an accident like this. , so I’m glad the safety devices did their job. For our part, it was a decent race. I felt we deserved fifth position, but unfortunately we lost at the final pit stop under the safety car.“
“We did a lot of things very well today and we had a reasonable pace, but maybe it was a belated decision with the pit stop and it cost us a place today. I’m not angry, I think we still got some good points, but it could have been one more position. Finally, it was great to see the British fans this weekend, they have been fantastic all weekend, rain or shine.”
Daniel Ricciardo had an outing to forget in comparison to Lando Norris in Silverstone
While Lando Norris was able to secure a respectable P6 for the team, Daniel Ricciardo on the other hand, had another terrible weekend behind the wheel of the MCL36.
Ricciardo while talking about his woes in Silverstone said, “First of all, I’m happy to know that the riders are well after the accident on the first lap – he said – for our race, the car didn’t seem to work at the same level of grip as the others. I could also feel it through the tires as I tried to maintain speed.“
“It was a little weird, so we need to investigate a little. Then we had a problem with the DRS which prevented me from using it after lap 31, which was a bit of a shame. Of course it’s hard to overtake even with that, but we just weren’t fast enough today. It was a bit of a lonely afternoon.”
Daniel finished the race in an utterly disappointing P13 for the team and given the rumors that have been circulating around his stay in F1, it is going to be in his best interest that from Austria onwards he is able to up his game, otherwise, things can turn to be out painful for the Australian.
Next up on the F1 calendar is the Austrian Grand Prix and given that Alpine after Silverstone, is only 6 points behind the McLaren team in the Constructors standings, it is high time for the team to get their act together because otherwise, they might slip to fifth in the coming races.