The Marina Bay Street Circuit has always provided Formula 1 with unpredictable and exciting races. This year’s Singapore Grand Prix was no exception, especially for the McLaren team. The team showcased resilience, exceptional racecraft, and tactical prowess.
1. Lando Norris:
Starting Position: 4th
Finishing Position: 2nd
Race Highlights: Lando had a brief scuffle with Hamilton but managed to retain his position. The safety car period played into McLaren’s strategic hands, with Lando making a crucial pitstop and switching to the hard tyre. His late-race defence against Mercedes and other competitors, especially after the virtual safety car period, was commendable.
Fastest Lap: 1m38.046s on lap 46 (+2.179s, 8th)
Pit Stops: 1, lap 20 [Medium/Hard] (2.4s)
Remarks: Norris appreciated the tough competition with Carlos, Charles, Lewis, and George, stating the end of the race was stress-laden but ultimately rewarding. The team’s effort was also appreciated, and the car’s “Stealth Mode” livery received a special mention.
2. Oscar Piastri:
Starting Position: 17th
Finishing Position: 7th
Race Highlights: Oscar made a brilliant start, ascending from P17 to P14, and steadily progressed up the field. His overtaking manoeuvres on Magnussen and Pérez, coupled with race circumstances like Ocon stopping, promoted him further up the grid.
Fastest Lap: 1m38.492s on lap 46 (+2.625s, 13th)
Pit Stops: 1, lap 20 [Medium/Hard] (2.5s)
Remarks: Piastri expressed satisfaction with his performance, emphasizing that he made the most of the opportunities presented to him. He appreciated Lando’s podium finish and expressed anticipation for upcoming upgrades.
Team Principal’s Remarks:
Andrea Stella, McLaren’s Team Principal, expressed immense pride in the team’s performance. Both drivers were highlighted for their exceptional skill and tenacity during the race. The strategic decisions, timely pit stops, and the drivers’ ability to handle pressure were seen as the key elements behind the stellar performance. The focus was quickly shifted to preparations for the next race in Japan.
The Singapore Grand Prix has been a testament to McLaren’s ongoing resurgence in Formula 1. With a podium finish and another driver moving significantly up the field, the team’s prospects for the remaining season look promising. The combination of youthful energy from the drivers and the experienced team in the garage has set McLaren on a trajectory of success.