Team McLaren brought a lot of new innovations for the vehicle for the Spanish GP in Barcelona this weekend.
Qualifying is done. 🏁— McLaren (@McLarenF1) May 21, 2022
A solid showing from DR, who will start from P9 tomorrow, with Lando in P11 after having his final Q2 lap deleted.
Let's go for points tomorrow at the #SpanishGP. 🇪🇸👊 pic.twitter.com/C4VEoEcVNL
Yesterday was spent attempting to understand as well as optimize and update the cars to the best of their abilities which meant working overnight to get where they want to be.
FP3 was hopeful for the team, everything was going according to plan. Utilizing the expected performance boost and everything has correlated well, there are some work still to be done to get most out of the integration of the new pieces to the car.
Lando Norris, unlucky to miss Q2 lap after racing just outside the track limits which led him to losing a good enough lap time to allow him to succeed to top ten.
He dropped to P11, but in a good position to achieve plenty for sunday's race with the car setup to be built based on sunday race pace versus qualifying-based.
Norris comments, "It's been a frustrating end to what was otherwise a quite promising day."
He adds, "From what I could see in the cockpit, I thought I was inside the line but unfortunately I wasn't, and so I had the lap deleted."
He continues, "It is frustrating, because we had good pace in the car, and we could have been two or three positions higher."
He concludes, "Overtaking is difficult in Barcelona and it's not going to be an easy race – but hopefully we can make up a few positions and have a good Spanish Grand Prix."