In the championship of the others, the one that – especially in France – took place very far from the four-man race staged by Red Bull and Mercedes, the McLaren took home a very heavy ‘double’ from Paul Ricard. Fifth Lando Norris and sixth Daniel Ricciardo. Better, around Woking, they just couldn’t hope for. Especially since the Ferrari, direct competitor for third place among the manufacturers, it ran into the worst weekend of the year. So from Le Castellet McLaren travels to Austria with a partial of 18-0 which brings it back in front of the Cavallini Rampanti of Maranello by 16 lengths.
F1 Constructors’ World Championship after the 2021 French GP
The same drivers, after the difficult qualifying sessions on Saturday, were surprised by the extent of the result obtained: “Obviously I am very happy. I wasn’t really expecting fifth position – commented Lando Norris after the race – I didn’t think we would have the pace that we had. It was difficult to manage the tires, but it went much better than we hoped and this is always good news. Getting fifth and sixth place is one of the best team results this season. Overall it was a fun race. We hope to be able to continue like this “.
Satisfied too Daniel Ricciardo, finally not too far from the level of performance shown by his teammate: “It was certainly a positive Sunday – commented the pilot from Perth – 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 miss any points and that we were the best in the middle of the group with both cars. It was the race of our dreams and we managed to do it ”.
Binotto: “Bad setback”
Honestly, however, Ricciardo also acknowledged that there is still work to be done for him: “I am really satisfied with the race, even if I was not totally happy with the car. I struggled from the start and then throughout the race. But it seemed that everyone else, besides Lando, was having a harder time. It was a fun race and I am happy that we took home fifth and sixth places for the team. It was about time we got back to these positions, so it was a good day“.