The second day of action on track at the Canadian Grand Prix has come to an end. Qualifying was a complete disaster for some teams, like Aston Martin, but it was total joy for others, like Alpine. In this article we will focus on the McLaren drivers, especially on Lando Norris. The British driver seemed like he also was adjusting to his car and the weather conditions that were present at the Gilles-Villeneuve Circuit here in Montreal, Quebec, however a problem with his power unit was enough that Lando wasn't able to set a single time during the qualifying session in its second stage (Q2). For this reason, the British driver finished the session in fourteenth place with a best time of 1:34.066. McLaren has commented that it appears that his power unit has had an electrical sensor failure. These were some statements that the McLaren driver has given, as well of the team principal, Andreas Seidl.
“Unfortunate to end the session, with a few technical problems and issues with the car. So I didn’t get a shot at trying to get into Q3, which is frustrating – but we’ll try to fix the problem and go into tomorrow.” The British driver commented.
“It’s a lot of laps, a track you can overtake on, and race on, so we’ll do our best to try to gain some positions and at least get into the points.”
Lando Norris was not happy, as he knew that his MCL36 had the potential to be able to be in Q3, however, a problem out of his hands in the power unit, forced him not to go beyond Q2, since he failed to set a lap time. For his part, Andreas Seidl commented that the conditions made the session a very tricky one and have affirmed their full focus is now on two things; to understand the failure on Lando Norris’ power unit, and the race, as the condition will change drastically during tomorrow’s race, as the weather radar shows that it will be quite hot here at the race track.
“It was quite tricky today in mixed conditions, with rain at the start of Q1 and then a progressively drying track as the session went on. Unfortunately, we lost Lando early in Q2 with a power unit issue that prevented him setting a time.” McLaren’s team principal stated, as he affirmed later that they found an electrical issue related to one of the sensors in the power unit. “Daniel, however, did well to progress through to Q3 and will start the GP from ninth.”
“We are expecting a dry Sunday and, given the order after qualifying, everything is set for an exciting race.”
Andreas and the whole team expect to be able to score points with both cars as this is what he said when asked about the usual crazy races this track can have. “We want to get decent points with both cars and this is a track where you normally can overtake, and we the pace we’ve seen since yesterday, hopefully we can make another step forward and we can get ourselves in a position with Lando in the points. It will be an interesting race with the starting grid as it is.”