Norris: We could hardly expect moreApril 14, 2019
In Shanghai, McLaren drivers failed to qualify above the fourteenth and fifteenth positions: on the Chinese track, the team’s car didn’t have enough speed.
Carlos Sainz (14th): “I’m saddened by the fourteenth result, however, already in the Saturday training it became clear that it would be too difficult to get through to the final qualification. We even before the weekend knew that in Shanghai we will not be easy, and that the local route will show the weaknesses of our car.
But we still performed well. The final attempt, perhaps, could drive 1-1.5 tenths faster, but on the whole I squeezed the maximum out of the MCL34. We will analyze everything, work on the weaknesses and try to prepare as best we can for the race. “
Lando Norris (15th): “Today, the qualification was not so successful for us as in the previous two weekends, but I would not call the result terrifying, I just need to work on the machine. We could hardly expect anything more. In the second session, Carlos turned out to be faster than me, but he could not get ahead of anyone else – in any case, he performed great and managed to squeeze everything he was capable of out of the car. Compared to Melbourne and Bahrain, the configuration in Shanghai does not quite fit the MCL34, we need to work on this factor. ”
Gilles de Ferrand, sports director: “Today we have once again seen how tense the battle is unfolding this season. But in the qualification is always more satisfied with the one who has secured a higher position, and this weekend we have less reasons for joy than in Melbourne or Bahrain. The team has been actively working on the settings since Friday, but I’m not sure if we had the speed to compete for a place in the final. Nevertheless, with the ability to freely choose tires and a good pace in the long run, we can easily fight for a decent result from these positions. What I really expect from the thousandth race in the history of Formula 1, so it is exciting battles throughout the peloton! ”
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