Lando Norris is thrilled with another podium this season that keeps him in fourth place in the drivers ’standings and is especially encouraged to be able to compete with Mercedes drivers for the first time this season.
McLaren switched to Mercedes engines after two fourth places last two seasons this year, which brought them an additional jump in performance, and in the first nine races they are fighting with Ferrari for third place in the constructors' standings.
The second race in Austria is the most competitive edition of McLaren in recent years, with the Italian Grand Prix 2020, and Norris almost won the pole position with only 0.048 with a slower time than Verstappen. In the race, Norris kept Hamilton in a Mercedes for a long time, then lost his position to Bottas due to a five-second penalty for the incident with Perez, and later overtook Hamilton who damaged the floor of his Mercedes.
Lando feels happy
“I am extremely happy with the result, another podium and a lot of points for our team, a very good day,” Norris said. "The only disappointing fact is that we could have been second, but at the same time it is a big positive thing.
Our speed was extremely good, especially in the second section against very fast cars and against Mercedes. ” "There are a lot of positive things and overall a very good day - many thanks to the whole team for the hard work that made such a great car possible for me.
We will continue to push to take this run to our home race at Silverstone in two weeks. ” Ricciardo had poor qualifiers for the second weekend in a row, finishing in 13th place in both cases, but unlike the first race, he won six points for a seventh-place ahead of Leclerc in Ferrari.
“It was a nice day for the team with a podium for Lando and points for me, it was good,” Ricciardo said. “I had a pretty fun race. It was meaningful, I was trying to both attack and defend. The defense was tough, I tried everything I could to stay ahead.
I think I held on as long as I could, and Sainz ended up being too fast with newer tires. ” "I'm happy that we finished the first triple program this season, as much as they are fun, they are so tiring. Now everyone can enjoy a break. We are looking forward to Silverstone and the new format, it should be interesting! ”