Hear from McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris, Oscar Piastri, and Team Principal Andrea Stella after the 2023 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Oscar gets a great start and pounces into P2, with Verstappen taking the lead. The field spreads as everyone settles into a pattern with gaps of 2s to the car in front. Lando pits for Hard tyres. Oscar pits the following lap for the same tyre. Oscar comes out behind Lando after the stops. They run in P4 and P5, with Verstappen, Pérez, and Alonso yet to pit in front.
The drivers ahead of Lando and Oscar pit, promoting them to P2 and P3. The second round of pit stops commenced. Oscar pits for Mediums, with Pérez following closely behind. Lando pits for Mediums. Pérez overtakes Oscar for P3 and closes the gap to Lando. Oscar struggles with tyre degradation, and Hamilton overtakes him for P4. Lando holds off pressure from Pérez and crosses the finish line in P2, with Oscar in P5.
Tough race. Not an easy one, especially with Pérez catching, but he didn’t have the pace to catch up in the end, so I’m happy. I had to fight for a little bit at the beginning after Turn One, but another podium for us, for McLaren, it’s an amazing result.
I think we’re very happy with our progress, going from where we were four, five races ago to fighting for poles and podiums; we’ll take it for now and work hard to continue improving throughout the season. We’ve shown great teamwork; everyone back in the factory did an amazing job, and we’ll now look to take these recent performances to Belgium.
P5. Some positives to take from that race. I think the big takeaway for me was working on tyre management. I struggled quite a lot in the second and third stint following some floor damage. So, yeah, a lot to learn from that one, but still ending up with P5, with my challenges, is a very good result.
Obviously, a great day for the team again, with everyone at the track and back at the factory. We have made decent steps forward in the last few races. The conditions this weekend have been a good test for us. To still be up there is a big confidence boost, and we can look to take that momentum to Spa next week.
Following on from Silverstone, another strong result for our team, with Lando on the podium again and Oscar finishing P5.
On Oscar’s side, the first stint was very strong. In the second stint, we need to look at the impact of some car damage on performance and interaction with the tyres because we seem to have lost the ability to sustain tyre life over the stint.
On Lando’s side, it was a very strong race, especially the final stint in which he kept consistency in his tyres with Pérez chasing hard, and he was able to bring home another trophy with another P2 finish.
It was important to gain this confirmation that the improvements to our car work in hot conditions and work on tracks with low-speed corners. My thanks again to all the people at McLaren who have laboured so hard to bring these upgrades trackside. I hope they are enjoying the moment – but only today: tomorrow, we refocus and get ready for the Sprint weekend at Spa.