After the start, the McLaren drivers fought. Lando Norris got ahead of Ricciard. He finished fourth in the finish of the race, Ricciardo finished seventh at the team’s premiere.
“I’m very satisfied. It’s a good result not only for me, but also for us as a team, “said Norris. “It’s a good number of points for the first weekend. I had no problems and I am very happy. It’s a good start. Many thanks to the team here and to everyone in the factory. ”
“I think it was a good weekend overall,” Ricciardo said. “We cannot complain about this result. From the team’s point of view, it is good to start the season with fourth and seventh place. “
But Ricciardo was not so excited about his race. “We couldn’t find a pace, so every time I tried to get a little more out of it, it didn’t work out, but I think there’s a lot we can learn from the race. We will take the positives and learn from the data. Overall, it was a good weekend for the whole team and a good first race for McLaren. “
“This weekend we had a great start to the 2021 season,” said Andreas Seidl. “Congratulations to the whole team here in Bahrain, at home in the factory and also especially to our colleagues in Mercedes, who worked really hard with our team during the winter to make sure we were ready for the first race.”
“We got good points for the Constructors’ Cup, which looks very tight. We had the third fastest car today, but he realizes that there will be a big battle for this place this year. “
According to Seidl, the goal is for the car to be as competitive in the last race as in the first.