McLaren: Another Well-Executed Qualifying Session

McLaren report from Saturday at the United States Grand Prix, round 19 of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Lando Norris:

FP3 1m33.818s (+0.513s) 14 laps 3rd

 1m33.353s (Softs) 1st

Q2 1m33.316s (Softs) 7th

Q3 1m33.175s (Softs) 8th

“A reasonable qualifying. It was a decent job through Q1 and Q2. I just had some traffic on my Q1, run one laps, which meant I had to use a second set of tyres, and I only had one set for the final quali.

“I always had a better second run and so in Q3, when I only had one chance, I struggled a little bit more as everyone ahead of me had two sets of new tyres. P7 for Carlos and P8 for me is as good as we could get today.”

Carlos Sainz:

FP3 1m34.408s (+1.103s) 15 laps 7th

1m33.916s (Softs) 9th

Q2 1m33.422s (Softs) 8th

Q3 1m32.847s (Softs) 7th

“Great quali today! We managed to extract the absolute maximum out of the car. Two very good laps in Q3 means I’ll be starting again right behind the top teams in P7. I’m expecting a challenging day tomorrow because the wind is changing again from where it was yesterday, and that can make our race trickier.

“So, heads down, good work tonight and let’s make sure we finish it off tomorrow. Congratulations to the whole team again. Both cars leading the midfield is always a good sign.”

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal:

“Another well-executed qualifying session by Carlos and Lando, together with the team maximising everything we have in our cars. All here at the track pulled together with the team at home last night, making the right conclusions and finding more performance for today.

“This even allowed us, for the first time this year, to save one set of tyres for Carlos in Q1, giving him the chance for two shots in Q3. When looking at the gap to the cars in front we’re definitely making progress.

“However, we still need to be cautious for tomorrow with the ambient conditions changing quickly here which may affect our car performance. Starting P7 and P8 puts us again in a very good position tomorrow to score points. We’re looking forward to another exciting race.”