A slow pit stop has potentially cost Lando Norris a podium at his home grand prix, as it opened the door for an undercut from Valtteri Bottas, with the Finn taking full advantage.
While there was a tinge of disappointment for Norris, his teammate Daniel Ricciardo finally had that trademark smile back on his face, scoring his first top-five finish for his new team.
What Might Have Been For Lando Norris
In a sign of how far the McLaren team have come this season, Lando Norris was disappointed to have finished fourth, with another podium tantalisingly close.
“A bit of a frustrating race, but also a lot of positives and in the end I’m happy with the result. I would’ve loved to have a chance to fight for P3 – the pit-stop meant we weren’t able to, but I don’t really think it would’ve changed the end result. A good job by the whole team and thanks to them for giving me a great car this weekend. Fourth and fifth for us is a great result and now for one more race before the summer break. We’ll keep it up and try to do better next time.
“It was lovely to see all the fans in the grandstands – it made it a lot more special, and seeing them all waving and cheering on the in-lap was cool as well. Thanks to all of them for coming out to support and making it a more enjoyable and special weekend – hopefully we’ll see them again soon,” said Norris.
Best Finish Of 2021 For Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo is clearly growing into his new surroundings, and could be set for a big second half of the season after finishing fifth at Silverstone.
“From a team point of view, it was a good day, with both cars in the top five. It’s the first time this year that I’ve had a top five, so I’ll take some positives from that – definitely a good day.”
“I did struggle with outright pace. There were parts of the race where I felt I couldn’t do that much more, so I’ve still got areas to work on with myself, and getting the car more to my liking, but nonetheless it was good to hold off Carlos. He was a lot quicker! He caught me extremely quickly and I knew that if I was mistake-free, I’d have half-a-chance. From that point of view, I’m super happy to end up fifth.
“Finally, it was great to see so many fans back in the stands here today. As a driver, it really means a lot to hear them cheering you on. There’s been plenty of McLaren caps in the grandstands too, so that’s awesome to see. I’m definitely feeling the love,” added Ricciardo.