Lando Norris showed great speed in FP3 and continued his strong form in qualifying as he finished 7th. That was the maximum result the young Brit could achieve with his current package.
Lando Norris – P7
“A good qualifying. Compared to Hockenheim last week, it was a good improvement and it’s nice to be back in Q3 again. It wasn’t easy; it was still close together in the midfield, but I’ve felt comfortable in the car all weekend and I was always reasonably happy.
We also made a couple of improvements throughout qualifying that helped at the end of the day. We have P7 and P8, behind the top three teams, which is a good achievement for us both. Massive thanks to the team at the track and everyone back at the factory. Now we just need to convert our quali form in the race.”
In comparison to his team-mate, Carlos Sainz struggled to match Norris’ pace throughout most of the day. However, he managed to get within 0.052s of the Brit in Q3 to qualify in P8 for tomorrow’s race.
Carlos Sainz – P8
“I think it’s a positive day for the team. Coming into the weekend we weren't so sure about the performance on this track, but we managed to make the right decisions with the set-up going into Saturday, and we put both cars in Q3.
I started off Q1 with some balance issues, but we managed to sort them out through the session, improving every time I went out and finally doing a good lap on my last attempt in Q3. Seventh and eighth is great news for the team on this track and we can race from there tomorrow.”