Norris wants a Q3 berth in Albert Park qualifying

Lando Norris leaves the garage. Australia April 2022

McLaren driver Lando Norris leaves the garage. Australia April 2022

Lando Norris hopes that McLaren can catch themselves a double points finish at the Australian Grand Prix, starting with getting both cars into qualifying’s Q3.

After the opening Bahrain Grand Prix that saw both McLaren’s finish out of the points, they made a small comeback in the next week’s Saudi Arabian GP with Norris landing a P7 and Daniel Ricciardo unable to finish after issues late in the race.

Norris hopes that this weekend’s race will see similar performances to Saudi Arabia, but with a better result, especially since the track has had some updates.

The first target for the Woking team is Q3 on Saturday afternoon, something they have yet to do this season.

“It’s a bit quicker and hopefully that plays a little into our favour but I’m not expecting any magical things or the car to come alive all of a sudden,” said Norris as per GPFans.

“It’s still going to be a tough weekend but, of course, we’re hoping for Q3.

“There was potential for a double points finish in Saudi, so hopefully we can make amends for that this weekend.”

Norris’ hopes were lifted by a P1 finish in Saturday’s final practice.

Although the points indicate Norris to be racing better than his Australian team-mate, he is well aware of the performance advantage that comes with a home race.

“It’s Daniel’s home race so he has at least a three or four tenths advantage here,” added Norris with a smile.

While Norris is hoping for something magical from Ricciardo, he is apprehensive because it is a newly-designed track that hasn’t been raced on yet.

“So that would help him but it’s a bit in the unknown I guess. It’s a new track so we do genuinely have to see what it’s going to be like.

“I’m hoping it’s a little bit more in line with how it was in Saudi compared to Bahrain because Saudi was a much better weekend.


“But you know, we’ve not brought any updates or upgrades or anything and we didn’t for Saudi.

“It’s just the difference in track showed how much the car can perform when it’s in a better performance window and how much of a struggle it is when it’s not in that window.”


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