Another promising weekend for McLaren, as Norris stars again
McLaren continued their impressive start to the season with a fifth and ninth place finish in the Styrian Grand Prix, with Norris starring again
Llando Norris despite starting on the grid in 9th place went on to finish in fifth place and another successful weekend for the young Brit.
Carlos Sainz had a disappointing day for McLaren after starting on third place, eventually finishing in ninth.
There was drama on the first lap when Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc lunged into teammate Sebastian Vettel. The German had to retire on the opening lap with Leclerc lasting just five laps.
Up at the front Lewis Hamilton was closing the gap on second placed Max Verstappen.
In the early part of the race the big movers were Lance Stroll from P12 to P6 and Sergio Perez up to P7 from P17.
Norris who had been having chest pains in practice that left him struggling to drive the car had another race to remember.
A stunning last two laps saw him rise from P8 to P5 at the chequered flag, including a stunning last lap.
He went past Stroll on turn four and then just two corners from the line he passed Perez to finish in fifth.
Sainz was hampered by a bad pit stop which prevented him from finishing higher up on the finish line.
The race was eventually won by the Mercedes duo of Hamilton from Valtteri Bottas with Red Bull’s Verstappen and Alex Albon behind.
Next up in the calendar will be the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend.
Carlos Sainz said after the race
“A very disappointing day for me. We missed out on big points after a problem at the pit stop. Unfortunately we had a bad pit stop which meant we came out of the pits in the middle of traffic.”
“One of those days when nothing goes your way. Time to turn the page and come back stronger. We win and we lose as a team.”
Lando Norris said after the race
“A very good race from us today. We managed to go from tenth all the way up to fifth, with three of those overtakes on the final two laps. Very happy for myself but even more for the team. A really good two weekends and a very good start to the season.”
Andreas Seidi Team Principle said
“Second race in a row here in Austria and another good performance from the team and both drivers. It will be very interesting to see if we can now carry this performance and momentum into Hungary.”