In the battle for the third constructors place, which this year sees two historic teams like McLaren and Ferrari, a Zandvoort the advantage – at least after the first day on the track – seems to be all for the Maranello team. First and second place in fact for Leclerc and Sainz at the end of PL2, while the two cars from Woking found themselves behind in the ranking of the times, with Lando Norris eighth and Daniel Ricciardo even 15th. We are only on Friday and there is still a lot of room to work, but among the ‘papaya’ ranks there seems to be the awareness that the Dutch one could become a weekend to play ‘in defense’.
“It was difficult for the first day – He admitted Lando Norris at the end of the shift – it was complicated due to the traffic and it was not easy to complete many laps with red flags and all the interruptions. We started off having a good feeling with the car and we didn’t go too badly, but we have a bit of work to do to be able to consistently pull off some good laps during qualifying, which I’m sure we can do. Overall it was a decent day, but there is work to be done during the night“.
On the same wavelength it also appeared Ricciardo, who found some setbacks from his car in the afternoon, compared to what he saw in the morning: “I was relatively comfortable this morning while this afternoon was not. We tried some things on the car that, in hindsight, I don’t think went in the right direction ” commented the Australian driver. “But that’s what free practice is for. We will go back and learn the lesson. I think we will still be in good shape tomorrow, today we were just a little off the pace in FP2. There are several fast cars out there, so we have our work to do, but it’s a fun track and I really like it. “ concluded the Perth native.