After struggling in Monaco and Baku, it was a return to form for McLaren who enjoyed a 5th place finish for Lando Norris and a 6th place finish for McLaren as the duo finished best of the rest behind the quartet from Red Bull and Mercedes.
The day got even better for the Woking-based outfit as their main rivals for third in the 2021 Constructor’s Championship, Ferrari, failed to score a point, which means McLaren moved back into third in the back and forth battle.
More Points For Lando Norris
Lando Norris is the only driver to score points in every race of the 2021 FORMULA 1 season, and he continued his streak in France, with a strong fifth place finish.
“Obviously I’m really happy. I wasn’t really expecting a P5 coming into today, even with a perfect race. I just didn’t think we would have the pace that we did. It was tricky with the tyre management but a lot better than we hoped, which is always good news. A good one for us as a team, a fifth and a sixth, one of the best team results this season. Overall a fun race. Hopefully we can continue this into the next few races,” said Norris.
Strong Drive From Daniel Ricciardo
After struggling to come to grips with his new car, Daniel Ricciardo moved up to sixth place after starting tenth, in a result that shows the Australian is moving in the right direction .
“Definitely a positive Sunday. I think it was the race we were hoping for but not the one we expected. I don’t think we expected our closest competitor to score no points, and for us to be the best of the midfield with both cars. That was our dream race and we managed to pull it off. I’m really happy with the race, although if I’m honest, I wasn’t totally happy with the car. I was struggling from the laps to grid and then for the whole race. But it felt like everyone else, besides Lando, was struggling more. It was a fun race and I’m happy we brought it home in fifth and sixth for the team today. It’s about time we got back in these positions, so it was a positive day,” added Ricciardo.
Andreas Seidl Enjoys Strong Sunday
With both his drivers scoring a strong points finish and their main rivals Ferrari going home empty handed, it was an enjoyable race day for Andreas Seidl.
“This was another strong Sunday afternoon for our team, thanks to two strong drivers, a strong car in race trim and perfect race execution from the entire team. Thanks to everyone here at the track, back home in the factory and our colleagues at Mercedes HPP, all of whom contributed to this result. Our battle in the Constructors’ Championship is very tight and finishing P5, P6 gives us very important points as that fight progresses. Part one of the triple-header is complete and now we’re looking forward to heading to Austria.
“Finally, we were racing this weekend in memory of Mansour Ojjeh, with a special livery on the car in his honour. It was a privilege to have Mansour’s family with us this weekend. I’m sure he would have enjoyed today’s performance,” concluded Seidl.