The track in Portimão poses difficult challenges for both the drivers and the engineers, so the McLaren team believes that not all questions were answered during Friday’s training.
Lando Norris (3rd): “Due to the condition of the pavement and the temperature conditions, it was quite difficult to get the normal behavior of the car, so we had difficulties with the balance. Putting together a good circle is very difficult, especially since the sessions were interrupted by red flags, and since the circle is short, traffic also interfered.
All these factors, taken together, made it extremely difficult to find the optimal settings. We finished the day with a good result, but I think that we are still far from a normal racing pace. Therefore, there is a lot of work ahead – let’s see what improvements we can achieve by tomorrow. “
Carlos Science (5th): “I think that everyone had difficulties today. The grip is very low and the wind picked up in the afternoon, which only made our task more difficult. But at the end of the session, we managed to climb to a fairly high position, although in none of the races we did not pass a single really good lap.
Therefore, on Saturday, everyone can make very significant improvements. We have to continue to work with the car to find the right settings for tomorrow’s qualifications. “
James Key, Technical Director: “It’s great that we came to the new track again. Portimão has an excellent circuit, where engineers have to solve really difficult problems, because the circle here consists of different types of turns, besides, there are elevation differences, so today we had to figure out a lot.
We completed the entire planned program, including participating in the Pirelli tire tests, in which everyone was able to drive several laps, which was also useful.
Today we have tested a number of technical innovations and now have to analyze information about their work, but the first impression is quite positive. The car’s behavior is relatively stable and the basic settings are quite good despite the traction problems. We still have something to work on tonight and tomorrow morning, but overall the day was useful and productive. “