McLaren F1 team chief executive Andrea Stella says after the first day in Imola it is clear they need to improve ahead of qualifying and the drivers feel they are not in a bad position. McLaren finished 10th and 13th in first practice, and Norris managed to enter the top ten in second practice with the eighth fastest time while Ricciardo was only 18th on medium tires.
It is clear to drivers that they have more work to do if they want to be competitive in qualifying, but they feel they are not doing as badly as times suggest. “It’s a hard day, because of the yellow flags, the red flags and there are a lot of things we have to work on,” Norris said.
"I wouldn't say we're as confident as we were a few weeks ago, but I think we can improve on the eve of tomorrow and improve the car." "I hope I will be more comfortable in the car after these changes.
I don't think we are in a bad position, but we are definitely busy. " “It’s really nice to be back on this track, and the day has been tough for us,” Ricciardo said. “We definitely have more work to do overnight to get more out of the car.
It was a difficult day, but we still have tomorrow's training before the qualifiers. We will try to solve the problems in order to be in a better position. "
The McLaren team had huge problems with the car, which affected their result.
Still, the team is full of optimism and believes they will correct the mistakes they made. “The new weekend format with shorter training on Friday means we need to be very effective in our program,” said Andrea Stella.
"We almost made it today, but we missed some things because of the red flags, the yellow flags, and the interruption because of the virtual safety car." "We also had radio communication problems that affected all the teams."
“Despite the problems, it was a productive day. It is quite clear that there are areas where we need to improve ahead of qualifications. The middle of the order seems very close and it will be interesting to see how things develop.
” "As usual, we have to get the best out of qualifying and put ourselves in a good position for the race." New races are waiting for us soon, and McLaren will do his best to improve the result