McLaren’s Situation Goes From Bad to Worse as Both Daniel Ricciardo & Lando Norris Face Discomfort

Published 03/11/2022, 12:44 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – February 23, 2022 McLaren’s Lando Norris during testing REUTERS/Albert Gea

Things for McLaren haven’t been well lately. After a trouble-free three days in Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, the Papaya team started with trouble in Bahrain. A discomforted Lando Norris added more misery to the team after an unwell Daniel Ricciardo.

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F1 is in Bahrain for the yearly pre-season testing. The testing started on March 10 and will last till March 12. The teams will look forward to showcasing and checking their major upgrades for the season ahead of the first race on March 20.

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F1 journalist and presenter Will Buxton talked to Lando Norris after the session. Buxton posted on his official Twitter handle, “Lando also in a fair amount of discomfort, having taken a layer of skin off his feet in ill-fitting shoes playing paddleboard.”

Spoke to @LandoNorris post-session. Tricky day for the team. Brake issues curtailed long-run plans. Team working to fix for tomorrow but no guarantee. Unsure if he will be back in car or Daniel, with the Aussie unwell and unable to drive as planned today,” the British journalist further stated.

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The Woking-based team faced issues with their brakes. Norris stated that fixing them wouldn’t be an easy job. Despite the complications, the Briton thinks it should take a day to get things done before they can move forward with the testing the next day.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – February 23, 2022 McLaren’s Lando Norris during testing REUTERS/Albert Gea

McLaren passed their testing in Barcelona quite well; the team performed pretty well alongside Ferrari, Red Bull, and Mercedes. However, the time hasn’t been well for the British team lately. They started on the wrong foot, with Daniel Ricciardo being unable to join the testing due to health issues.

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It was only Lando Norris throughout the day for McLaren. The Briton racked up just 50 laps despite complications. It was the second lowest laps covered by any team. Six teams beat the Papayas by more than double the mileage; the only team they managed to keep behind is Haas, who didn’t even have a go in the morning session due to a delayed flight.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

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