Formula 1 | Will the upgrades put McLaren F1 back on track?

McLaren came back to reality at the Miami Grand Prix, and is still experiencing strong swings in performance this year.

What about Barcelona? In the winter tests, the orange team had made a very good impression: but since then the cars have evolved… and are driving above all at the limit of their performance, unlike the tests in Barcelona.

On familiar ground, Lando Norris hopes to regain the points after his retirement in Florida.

“I am delighted to return to Europe and race in Barcelona this weekend. I like the circuit because it has great features, lots of challenges and speed, and a great crowd. I’ve put the retirement in Miami behind me and I’m fully focused on the race ahead. »

“We had good running on the circuit in February testing, so I’m looking forward to adding everything we’ve learned from the season so far to the data we’ve had previously with the new cars. »

“Miami emphasized that we still have a long way to go to get back to consistently fighting at the top of the standings, but it is important for us to remain optimistic. The team is working hard to make improvements to the car, so hopefully this will give us the boost we need. »

Daniel Ricciardo, very disappointing in qualifying in Miami and doubly penalized in the race, will finally have to show clear signs of rebounding this weekend in Barcelona. He is counting on developments from McLaren to take a step forward.

“There were some good battles in Miami with great support as always from the fans, but it turned out to be a tough circuit for the team. As far as Spain is concerned, we have to keep a positive mindset and apply everything we learned from last weekend. »

“Spain was a good race for me last year so I’m looking forward to getting back there in the new cars and really getting the most out of the MCL36. After testing here in February, we have a better idea of ​​what to expect under the new regulations. It will be good to see where we can make improvements, and to make the changes we make work. »

“Our performance from Bahrain has shown that we can consistently challenge for the top 10, so it will be great to get back on track and keep going. We will keep pushing and we will come back stronger. »

Finally Andreas Seidl, the McLaren team principal in F1, has a double expectation: to see if the McLaren evolutions will work; and compare the performance of May with that of February.

“While the Miami race result was not what we wanted, the team is fully focused on the Barcelona weekend. Spain is a great all-around track, with a good mix of high and low speed corners, as well as some more technically challenging sections. We’ve had some solid results there over the past few years with some good points scored, and we hope to continue this year. »

“We are making some improvements to the car for the weekend. I know it’s been an extremely busy week for many teams who made changes before Barcelona, ​​so it’s going to continue to be a close fight for points. We performed well at this track in pre-season testing, so it will be interesting to see how our car performs with the improvements we have made since. Hopefully we can have some good battles and put both cars back in the fight for good points. »

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