Hear from McLaren Formula 1 drivers Lando Norris, Oscar Piastri and Team Principal Andrea Stella after the 2023 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix.
Lando moves up to P10 at the end of the first lap. Oscar picks up two places to complete lap 1 in P16. Lando has a pneumatic issue and is forced to pit, swapping for Hards. A flurry of pit stops follows. Oscar passes HUL into Turn 1, moving up to P13. Pitting on lap 13, Oscar is forced to retire the car due to an electronic issue. Managing a PU issue, Lando makes multiple pits stops in order to take the car the full race distance. Lando crosses the line in P17.
A very tough race. We had a few issues we had to manage, which really took us out of the race, but we tried to stay in it for as long as possible, just in case there was a Safety Car or something, and we might have had a chance at the end. I think the pace was alright otherwise. There are too many issues today to fight for points, so we’ll go again next time.
It was disappointing to have finished so soon. We were going quite well, got a decent start and made some good overtakes. I thought up until the electrical problem. We were doing a good job. We’re still working out what the issue is, and we hoped to change the steering wheel would fix it, but unfortunately, it didn’t.
Obviously not the finish to the weekend that I wanted, but there are positives to take, and the car seemed to have a better pace in the race. I still learned a lot, and I’m glad I’ve made my debut and experienced some F1 race weekend firsts. I’m now looking forward to having a better weekend in Saudi Arabia.
It’s not the start of the season for which we were hoping. Points were certainly possible today, the cars had a competitive pace in race stints, and Lando was in a strong position. Unfortunately, we were hit by two reliability issues.
Oscar had to retire with what appears to be an electrical problem which we are investigating. Meanwhile, Lando had a pneumatic pressure leak on the power unit side. It required him to pit every ten laps to recharge the system.
We leave Bahrain knowing we have work, but the season is long. We’ll regroup and will be ready to go again in Saudi Arabia.