Norris-Pole confirms McLaren soaring
McLaren is the team of the hour in Formula 1: After Ricciardo’s sensational victory in Monza, team-mate Norris is racing for pole in Sochi.
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First pole in Formula 1 for Lando Norris
Alone: With a view of the race, Norris is still cautious. “Mercedes is still damn fast and this is traditionally one of their best tracks. We have a chance and I’ll do my best, but it’ll be a challenge, “says the Briton, who wants to take Ricciardo as an example for Sunday:” Dan said confidently last time: ‘I’ll win this thing!’ And then did it. Maybe I should learn something from there. Usually I’m always a little more reserved. “
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McLaren’s German team boss Andreas Seidl is therefore also slowing down expectations despite the soaring of his troops: “Under normal conditions, Mercedes is in a league of its own here, as you showed yesterday. Above all, it will be very difficult to keep Lewis (Hamilton, fourth on the grid; d. Red.) Behind us. On the other hand, you last saw what you can achieve when you start from the beginning. We have a strong team in terms of execution, strategy, pit stops and two very strong drivers. So I’m not worried, ”says Seidl.
Team boss Seidl continues to see McLaren as an underdog
From the fact that McLaren can keep up with the two greats in Formula 1 in the long term, he sees his team still a bit away. “We have to look at the facts: When it comes to lap times compared to Mercedes and Red Bull, a lot is still missing. The good thing, however, is that we have almost halved our deficit compared to the previous year, ”sums up the Bavarian. “It shows that the team is doing a great job. And the Pole shows that we are already in a position to capitalize on it if the opportunity arises. It was the same in Monza. “
McLaren’s main opponent at the moment is another one: “We should be in a strong position for tomorrow to fight for the podium and for good points, also compared to Ferrari,” says Seidl. Scuderia star Carlos Sainz is at the start right next to Norris in row one – only 13.5 points separate the two teams currently in the constructors’ championship in the battle for third place. Seidl: “Every result really counts in order to stay ahead of you in the end.”