McLaren didn’t have the easiest of weekends in Canada, with neither Lando Norris nor team mate Daniel Ricciardo taking points – ending a three-race scoring streak for the team in orange…
Norris qualified a disappointing 14th after reporting a power unit issue during the red flag in Q2. After scoring points in his last three races, the Briton couldn’t sustain his run with P 15 Canada. He lost time at the second double-stack pit stop, and was penalized with a pit lane speeding fine of five seconds. Norris was unable to make up the time lost in either the regular Safety Car or Virtual periods.
” We had a couple of squabbles with Safety Cars, and practically nothing went our way yesterday or today – but that was just a matter of time,” said Norris.
” We didn’t have the package or the car that would allow us to go straight. 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.
” A hard day. There’s not much to be happy about. But there is a lot to do .”
Ricciardo: The temperature issues have ‘put us out the fight’ to get points
Team mate Ricciardo didn’t fare much better, the Australian qualifying ninth in tough conditions on Saturday, but finishing 11th after he too couldn’t capitalise on the caution periods.
” We were not [than our rivals] faster today. It was just a struggle for speed, so we also had to deal with some issues. He said that we were unable to attack and push the other team, which made us lose out on points.
” It’s not an exciting race. Just managing the temperature. 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 have loved to have been a better race but it was simply not possible .”