McLaren has been flying high as they stroll through one of their best seasons in recent years. The race fixtures are now over in Austria which hosted two races in two weeks. Lando Norris for the second time in a row pulled off some super moves towards the end of the race.
The Constructor Title race now has McLaren following the top dog Mercedes. They opened the season with a phenomenal performance as their English driver Lando Norris made his way to his maiden podium as he finished 3rd. His best-ever finish in Formula One. On the other hand, Carlos Sainz finished 5th for the McLaren.
After a successful week at the Austrian GP, the team was ready to face the music at the Styrian GP. The team looked much more powerful than usual. However, things were not so breezy this time around.
McLaren’s star Briton conceded a three-place grid penalty after he was accused of blocking the way of Alpha Tauri’s driver, Daniil Kvyat during the second free practice session. Both the constructor and the driver found themselves in a rather sticky situation.
He was dropped to P9 for the main race after completing the qualifying as 6th fastest. However, he pulled a miracle off during his last lap of the race, which came as a pleasant surprise along with a brilliant drive.
The McLaren driver started the race at P9. He was having a decent race throughout. On the other hand, Carlos Sainz was falling under the same circumstances.
He finished 3rd during the final qualifying session and targeted a podium finish for the team. The Spaniard’s race pace wasn’t very impressive.
The young Briton’s monumental efforts in the dying moments of the race seem nothing short of a fairytale. Lando Norris at P8 faced a mountainous struggle in front of him with Ricciardo’s Renault and Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez’s Racing Points in from of him.
Lance Stroll’s “desperate” attempt to overtake Ricciardo left the pair vulnerable to an overtake from Norris. Stroll managed to keep the Brit at his tail, however, the Aussie was not so lucky.
Following a series of failed attempts, Norris finally overtook Stroll thanks to his perseverance, leaving the last hurdle, Perez’s Racing Point in front of him.
A head’s up from the team radio informing him of Perez’s struggle with power opened the door to a P5 finish for the 20-year-old driver.
Admittedly, he made easy work of the Mexican just ahead of the final turn and cruised his way to a phenomenal finish to yet another Grand Prix.
The week went well for McLaren and they came out with more than they had bargained for. Both their drivers finished with points in their pockets.
And with the looks of it, this may become a recurring sight.