McLaren didn’t have the easiest weekends in Canada. After a rainy qualifying, neither Lando Norris nor his teammate Daniel Ricciardo were able to score any points, ending a three-race scoring streak for McLaren.
Norris’ qualifying ended in Q2 after a reported power issue, and the race turned out to be even more disappointing for him. After loosing a lot of time in a double pitstop, and receiving a five-second pit lane speeding penalty, even the virtual and regular safety him were no help to him, and he finished in P15.
His teammate Ricciardo didn’t have much luck either, cause even though he qualified 9th in the rainy conditions, he eventually finished P11 in the race. He was also not able to use the virtual and safety car periods to his advantage.
Although the team goes to Silverstone with 4th place in the Championship Standings, they really need to watch out - Alpine is currently only 8 points behind, and the way to Mercedes on 3rd place is too far for McLaren to reach.
As Norris said after the race: “We got had over a few times with the Safety Cars and stuff and basically nothing went our way today or yesterday or whatever – so on to the next one.
“We didn’t have the package, the car, the straight-line speed. It’s always tough from 14th, struggling around with some cars [that] honestly, we shouldn’t be racing against, but at the same time we have to make the most of it and one of the biggest factors was that we just couldn’t overtake, simple as that, and therefore I’m just behind slower cars and you just can’t do anything from then on.
“Tough day, not a lot to smile about, but a lot of work to do.”
As said by Ricciardo after the race: “We were just not really quicker [than our rivals] today. We were just struggling for pace, and we had to manage a few issues as well. Not being able to push and attack put us out of the battle for points.
“Simply, not a fast-paced race for us. Temperature stuff, just managing that. Pushing 100%, we could probably just hang on to the top 10, but once we started to manage temperatures and things like this, it put us out of the fight.
“I would love to have had a better race, but we simply weren’t quick enough.”
Will McLaren be able to improve their pace and reliability in time for Silverstone?