Hear from McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris, Oscar Piastri, and Team Principal Andrea Stella after the Miami Grand Prix.
Lando and Oscar both started the race on the Soft tyre. De Vries locked up at Turn One and collided with the back of Lando’s car. Lando dropped back to 19th as a result. Oscar made a strong start, moving up five places to 14th.
Lando and Oscar pit on consecutive laps early on to swap their Soft tyres for fresh Hards. After the first flurry of pit-stops, Lando was 16th, with Oscar two places back in 18th. Lando was overtaken by Albon, dropping to 17th. De Vries overtook Piastri for 18th.
Tough day. We just struggled with pace. I had a good start, but we got hit from behind into turn one, putting us at the back. We had tried a different strategy, which required something exciting to happen during the race, but it didn’t work. We’ll return to MTC, reset and keep pushing hard for a better result in the next one.
I had a lot of issues with the car in the race. We had a failure six or seven laps in on the brake-by-wire system. I was managing a lot of issues after that. I had a good first lap, passing five cars, which was the weekend’s highlight. Otherwise, a frustrating afternoon trying to drive around all of the issues. We’ll now calm down and focus on having a better weekend in Imola.
Given our grid positions, we needed a good start, an eventful race, and high tyre degradation to climb into the points. Unfortunately, none of these conditions materialised, and the race was a bit of a procession at the back for us. At the first corner, Lando was hit from behind after gaining some positions, resulting in damage costing 2-3 tenths per lap and relegating him to the back. Oscar had a race-long brake-by-wire problem and did an incredible job coping by minimising the consequences and keeping a decent pace.
Our main takeaway from Miami is that we were not quick enough this weekend. After scoring points in Baku, this weekend serves as a reality check on how much work we have ahead. The plan doesn’t change: we have promising developments coming, keep our heads down, regroup, and go again in Imola.