Team Talk - Sunday in Melbourne


Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) McLaren MCL34.

Lando Norris
โ€œThe team gave me a good car, with enough pace for me to be in the top 10 but I made a couple of mistakes which cost me any chance of scoring points, so Iโ€™m a little disappointed. But itโ€™s cool to finish my first [F1] race and get it out of the way.

โ€œI didnโ€™t make the perfect start, struggled to get ahead of a slower car and then had a big lock-up so I need to work on these mistakes. Iโ€™m annoyed with myself as there was more potential. Now I focus and look forward to Bahrain.โ€

Carlos Sainz
โ€œItโ€™s been a weekend to forget. I think we lost the MGU-K, which was a shame as the race was going well. Iโ€™d put yesterday behind me and I was feeling positive going into today. Iโ€™d done everything I wanted to do: I made a good start, overtaking four cars, getting in the fight for the points and starting to attack the cars in front. The car felt good, we had strong pace and I was fighting with other cars that ended up in the points today, which shows us that points could have been possible.

โ€œThis one hurts, but this is Formula 1. My season has started with a really unlucky weekend but hopefully we can start having more positive results from Bahrain onwards. Iโ€™m happy to put this one behind me and keep pushing.โ€

Gil de Ferran, sporting director
โ€œOverall, I must admit that, although there were several positives to draw from this weekend in general, we come away from the Australian Grand Prix a little disappointed. Carlos had a good start, but unfortunately had to retire with an early mechanical failure. On Landoโ€™s side, the race was going well early on, until he was held up in traffic for some laps, which sealed his result outside the points. On the positive side, Iโ€™m pleased that Lando was able to put up a fighting performance in his debut grand prix and see the chequered flag.

โ€œAs predicted, itโ€™s clear that several teams are in a tight battle, including ourselves, so any small improvements in our pace and execution can have a significant impact on our ranking. So, head down, and onwards to Bahrain.โ€