F1 | Australian GP | Lando Norris secures first top 5 of the season: “The track allowed us to be fast, but the car is still the same”
A double point finish for McLaren with both drivers in the top 10, but Lando Norris is not very optimistic about his single-seater for the upcoming races.
Since the beginning of the weekend McLaren showed great pace in Melbourne and today, they demonstrated the potential they have been showing in the last few days.
Starting 4th on Sunday, Norris was immediately jumped by both Mercedes drivers at the start and fell back to 6th.
Despite staying within the DRS zone of Russell in the early stages of the race, the McLarens ultimately fell away from the top five as they were very much best of the rest behind the top three teams.
Max Verstappen's retirement allowed them to collect 18 points on the day.
Overall, the British driver, Lando Norris, doesn’t seem to be happy with the actual situation.
He commented: “This track allowed us to be fast, but it was very difficult to manage the tyres; we’ve been strong in qualifying, but the pace was not at its best. The start? Sometimes it is good, sometimes it’s not, and today it just wasn’t.”
Also yesterday in qualifying Norris had the same problems, and all his worries were effectively true.
While McLaren has shown better pace at Albert Park and Jeddah compared to the nightmare of Bahrain, the Brit believes the fundamental problems with the car are still there.
Norris apart from the good result, explained: “The track was by our side today. But the car is still the same, so we will be fast enough in some tracks and not in others. Mercedes was better than us today, we can not lie, that’s the reality of the facts.”
The British driver underlined the great work of the team behind the scenes since Bahrain: “The car is still the same, but we will take the positive from today. We made some steps and everyone is working hard. It is enjoyable with these new cars to follow and overtake. We have to continue working.”