F1. GP Monaco 2024, Lando Norris ironic: “We made a good impression, but in the sense that we weren’t fast” – Formula 1

Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri commented on the first day of free practice for the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix

May 24, 2024

SOnly a week ago the curtain was falling on that first day on the track at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola. Today, however, after exactly seven days, the Friday dedicated to the first two free practice sessions of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prixthe eighth Formula 1 round of the season. McLaren, still galvanized by the victory in Miami and the second place in Imola with Lando Norris, returned to the track with a special livery paying homage to Ayrton Senna. In fact, the MCL38 wore the colors of the three-time Brazilian world champion who always had a special feeling with the principality’s track.

Noin the morning free practice session Oscar Piastri he achieved the second best time behind Lewis Hamilton, while Lando Norris he finished in fifth position. The British driver then found greater feeling with the single-seater, still fresh from the updates that arrived in Miami, finishing FP2 in fifth position, preceded by Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen. The Australian from the Woking team, however, had to settle for 12th position. The two McLaren standard bearers will return to the track tomorrow for the third and final free practice session which will begin at 12.30 and then leave room for the moment which will determine the progress of the race weekend in Monte Carlo, i.e. qualifying, starting at 4:00 pm.

F1. GP Monaco McLaren

We made a good impression but not in the sense that we were fast” he admitted ironically Lando Norris to the microphones of Sky Sport F1. “But it didn’t go too bad either, even if it’s always very complicated here in Monaco. It’s a stunning track, fantastic to drive but still a challenge. Let’s put it this way… a fairly decent day. We are certainly missing a little something compared to the Ferraris, Charles Leclerc above all. Maybe even give them Mercedes which seemed very fast to me. We are all very close because it is a very short track and different from the others. We still have some recovery margin, tomorrow will be a difficult day but we are fighting”.

F1. GP Monaco McLaren

It’s very difficult to find the limit here in Monte Carlo, but it’s also very beautiful” he added Oscar Piastri, again on Sky’s microphones. “Pretty happy with how I rode today. I definitely hit the wall a couple of times and probably the transition to the chicanes was the worst, so I’ll try not to repeat that. But it went quite well” concluded the Australian McLaren driver.

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