Alex Palou impressed the McLaren crew principal Andreas Seidl together with his method to his FP1 debut at the USA Grand Prix, regardless of not attending to set a headline lap time.
The 2021 IndyCar champion carried out one in all McLaren’s two obligatory rookie outings throughout FP1 periods this season in Austin, with Pato O’Ward set to do the opposite in Abu Dhabi. Each drivers have been testing a 2021 automobile in latest months and Seidl says he was assured Palou had the suitable mindset for the session though he was by no means given a set of sentimental tires to see how his uncooked tempo stacked up within the closing standings.
“An amazing job from his facet on Friday,” Seidl instructed RACER. “I used to be very happy to see how he was approaching the problem as nicely, as a result of it was essential that he merely targeted on the duty that we gave him which was contributing to our race weekend and probably not going for the last word lap occasions.
“He did nicely, which was not a shock as a result of we noticed on the previous automobile testing that we did to this point this 12 months that he’s completely as much as the job so very comfortable. I believe he loved it as nicely, he had enjoyable, so each side very comfortable which was the purpose.”
McLaren went on to have a powerful weekend with Lando Norris as he completed sixth forward of the Alpine drivers and helped shut the hole within the constructors’ championship to simply six factors.
“Very comfortable. Because of an incredible job from the crew by way of technique, due to an incredible job by the pit crew with pit stops and because of an incredible job from Lando on observe we might rating this P6. The primary automobile behind the Mercedes, Crimson Bull and Ferrari – I believe we just about maximized every little thing we had.
“The purpose clearly is to maintain this battle open till the final lap in Abu Dhabi. I believe we’ve every little thing as a crew – along with our drivers – to do this, and that’s what retains us going on this lengthy season.
“We simply should hold going, doing our job, ensuring we maximize every little thing, have clear weekends, reliability will probably be essential as nicely and we’ll simply attempt to rating with each vehicles once more (in Mexico).”
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