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McLaren Racing – 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Baku Metropolis Circuit, Sunday 6 June

Hear from McLaren Components 1 drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, and Crew Principal Andreas Seidl after the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.


  Began ninth (as a consequence of three place grid penalty)    
  Completed fifth    
  Quickest lap  1m45.326s on lap 41 (+0.845s, seventh)     
  Pit-stops 2, lap 7 [Soft/Hard] (3.1s) and lap 48 [Hard/Soft] (modified beneath purple flags)     

“Proud of the tip end result as we speak, fifth was the most effective we might do. It was an extended race with it being troublesome to overhaul within the center. There have been a number of crashes right here and there that allowed us to achieve a number of locations, after which two overtakes on the ultimate restart was nice. I feel it was a superb restoration from the place we have been at the start of the race after a fairly poor lap one, simply because I obtained unfortunate. A good quantity of factors for us as a staff. Onto the subsequent one! 

“Lastly, I wish to move my condolences on to Mansour Ojjeh’s household. This end result was for him as we speak.”


  Began thirteenth    
  Completed ninth    
  Quickest lap  1m45.713s on lap 43 (+1.232s, 14th)     
  Pit-stops 2, lap 11 [Soft/Hard] (2.3s) and lap 48 [Hard/Soft] (modified beneath purple flags)     

“There have been moments as we speak within the race the place I used to be considering ‘I hope it turns into a bit extra thrilling’ and all of the sudden it did!

“We had some optimistic moments, but additionally a number of troublesome intervals. I flat-spotted the Laborious a bit, in order that turned difficult for the previous few laps earlier than the purple flag, however not too unhealthy beforehand. The final begin, I felt like I obtained a superb launch, and had a superb run on the surface however there wasn’t actually a lot room with a few vehicles on the within. It simply all bottlenecked into Flip Two and I felt a success from behind. I couldn’t actually do a lot, however we’ll maintain engaged on our plan and maintain shifting ahead. 

“I additionally simply wish to pay tribute to Mansour and ship my condolences to Kathy and his complete household. He made an enormous contribution to each McLaren and your complete sport, and he might be tremendously missed.”

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ANDREAS SEIDL, Crew Principal

“Our ideas this night are with Mansour Ojjeh’s household after the unhappy information of his passing. In the present day, we have been racing in honour of our long-term buddy, supporter and fellow racer.

“Relating to the race, from beginning positions of P9 and P13, then P12 and P13 after the primary lap, clearly the target was to combat again, and never lose an excessive amount of floor to our rivals within the Constructors’ Championship. In these phrases, to depart Baku with ending positions of P5 and P9 is one thing we’ll take very fortunately. We have been capable of maintain our cool via a troublesome race filled with incidents, the place we waited for alternatives and made decisive strikes to complete with respectable positions. Thanks as we speak to the drivers, the trackside staff, help from the MTC, and our colleagues at Mercedes HPP, all of whom contributed to a superb restoration.

“We’re going dwelling now to reset and analyse this race weekend. The clear goal going ahead to France and past is to qualify larger up the grid and, in doing so, make our Sundays a bit simpler. We’ll be pushing once more at Paul Ricard to maintain up the combat within the Constructors’ Championship.”

Mansour Ojjeh

Mansour Ojjeh

25 September 1952 – 6 June 2021

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Statement on behalf of McLaren Racing from Zak Brown

Assertion from Zak Brown

“Mansour Ojjeh has been etched into the guts and soul of this staff”

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2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Qualifying

Qualifying report

“We should always have two sturdy race vehicles which can permit us, once more, to combat for good positions”

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2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Free Practice

Friday in Baku

“We had an encouraging day, and the automobile appears to be in good condition”

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