Lando norris called the Red Bull Ring a “special place” for him, having won his first Formula 1 podium in Austria last season.
In the first double of the season, Norris clocked the fastest lap of the race as he tried to follow Lewis Hamilton into the finals, who had a five-second penalty to apply at the end of the race.
The young Briton managed to stay within that margin and was later delighted on team radio, as he won his first P3 ranking in Formula 1.
From now on, the next two races will take place in Spielberg, the Mclaren the driver says he can’t wait to leave.
“I’m really looking forward to racing in Austria over the next two weeks,” Norris said in the team’s pre-race preview. âIt’s a special place because that’s where I got my first podium in Formula 1.
âWe had two good results in a row in Austria last season, so hopefully we can have two similar weekends this time around.
âWe can’t get ahead because a lot of things are different from last year, like the car and the tires.
“We will go into these two races with our heads down and go step by step to try to get two results like we did in France, but also work hard to improve our performance in qualifying.”
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Norris has said he will speak to teammate Daniel Ricciardo after their close encounter in France this weekend, but the Australian has arguably put in his best performance so far for McLaren at Paul Ricard.
He has previously said he is aiming for the triple header to get him to fully fold in his car, but he believes the weather could play a role in Austria.
âI can’t wait to have another rebound race and a 1-2 in Austria. It could be wet – maybe even for both weekends, âsaid Ricciardo.
âWe could have two very different races, you never know. I think it’s just a good opportunity for me to continue working on the car and myself.
âI hope we can build on the performances we had in France and find the consistency we were looking for.
âWe will try to get more points for the team in Austria. It’s tight there and every weekend counts so we’re going to push.
Team principal Andreas Seidl added that although it will be a double on the same circuit, the team will still prepare for both races in the same way they would approach no. any other weekend.
âTwo consecutive races on the same track present an interesting challenge as we could have two very different races due to certain conditions such as the weather,â he said.
âIt is therefore important that we treat each race as a single event with the same preparation despite the fact that it is on the same track.
“As a team, we must continue to work hard to maintain good reliability and stay on top of parts management during this intense time.”