It was a tough weekend for McLaren, that only managed to collect one point at Zandvoort, meaning they lost P3 in the constructors’ standings.
The British outfit already struggled during qualifying, where Daniel Ricciardo qualified in P10 and Lando Norris only grabbed P13.
During the race, McLaren tried to gain positions with the strategy, but that only led to a P10 finish for Lando while Daniel came home in P11, scoring zero points for the team.
“Ultimately, I don’t think we had massive pace, so I think that was the reality,” said Ricciardo afterward. “I think at best maybe we were getting one point today. But we tried a little bit of a, I would say, teamwork strategy to help out Lando, but I don’t know. I don’t think we executed it very well.
“It’s something we talk about it and the team has oversight on the pit wall, so if they see an opportunity to maximize points for the team, you have to go for it and trust their view. We’ll see tonight.
“Maybe it would have been me 10th instead of Lando, but it’s not like we were top seven or something today,” said Daniel. “So ultimately we didn’t have great pace. A bit of a shame obviously, you want to be in the fight and when you do a lot of laps and get no reward, it’s not that exciting.”
Norris also admitted that the team struggled at Zandvoort. The Briton also admitted that he had to change his driving style to try and perform better on Sunday.
“Just altogether we’ve struggled as a team this weekend, and how we’ve had to drive the car is a bit abnormal and not as liked by me,” said Norris. “I kind of changed a bit how I drove, and that’s why I struggled yesterday in qualifying, but then I had a different approach today and it worked a lot better.
“It’s tricky – I would have loved a bit more than one point obviously, but one point is still more than nothing so I’m happy with that.”
“We had a good pace in the car, and I caught the Alpines towards the end of the race. But I think you need a big advantage in pace to be able to do something here as Sergio had on all of us.
Norris concluded by saying that the team has work to do and it will come back stronger at Monza.
“So it’s just a change in the car and the track, it just didn’t suit us as much. But everyone has that kind of weekend, so I’m hoping it’s our only one and we can bounce back stronger in Monza.”
Ricciardo also concluded by stating that he is looking forward to Monza.
“We’ve got a week till Monza, one of the best races of the year for sure, for actual racing as well,” said Ricciardo.
“Overtaking – hopefully, it provides a bit, so looking forward to that, and today as well, as long as we’ve kind of learned from it, that’s all we can do and try and grow and make some better moves next Sunday and try to get top five.”