McLaren managed to score as many points as Renault and even two more than Racing Point in Portimao last weekend. At Imola, the Woking team are aiming to reclaim 3rd place in the constructors' standings, with the help of recent developments – which will have to be done well.
However, it will not be easy at Imola, a new circuit on the calendar, and with only one free practice session.
Does Lando Norris, coming out of a complicated race in Portugal, feel capable of bouncing back in Italy?
“I'm excited to go to Imola. The last time Formula 1 went there, I was only six years old. I've raced there in 2015 in Italian Formula 4 and it was an amazing circuit so I can't wait to see what it's like to race in Formula 1. As it's all about a two day race weekend, it will certainly be interesting. Hope my previous experience will give me a hand on Saturday and Sunday. Looking back at the last few races there are a lot of positives to take into account despite the results. The constructors' championship is still very close and I know that the whole team is working hard to give us every chance to outdo our competition. The car shows a lot of potential which I hope will give us some big points this weekend. "
Very solid in Portimao, after even leading the start of the race, Carlos Sainz is relying on the positive feelings of the last race to gain confidence before Imola.
“We are leaving Portugal after scoring some good points which are crucial for both championships. The feeling in the car was better last weekend, so we did a good teamwork to understand the different developments and decide which direction to take. It's great to come to Italy for the third time this season, with this weekend in Imola. Not driving on Friday will be an interesting test as the time to learn and master the track will be limited and there will be less data to analyze before qualifying. Personally, I think racing on Fridays makes sense, as long as the number of races is reasonable. I am looking forward to this weekend. "
Andreas Seidl is finally motivating his troops ahead of this crucial meeting for the constructors' standings, as the end of the year is slowly approaching.
“Imola is a welcome addition to this season's calendar, the last Formula 1 race being held there in 2006. This weekend brings with it an exciting two-day challenge. We welcome this type of format in Formula 1. We are ready and eager to make the most of our limited taxiing time to give ourselves the best possible chance of scoring points which are vital. "
“Our performance in Portimão has been very encouraging, with several positive points to take away from this weekend which once again confirms that we can fight for good points. For the future, we have to build on last weekend and continue to make the most of the cars to keep us in the fight with our competitors. I know the whole team, back home in Woking and on the track, continue to work hard to give us the best chance to perform. "