McLaren lamented a “missed opportunity” to potentially finish on the podium with Lando Norris during a chaotic, rain-affected F1 Dutch Grand Prix.
McLaren team principal Andrea Stella admitted that the race in Zandvoort was a missed opportunity for the team. Both drivers, Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, had chances for better results. Piastri was on a strong strategy but locked up his front tires and then had to pit. The Safety Car came out just after he pitted, resulting in a double setback. Norris, on the other hand, hesitated too much in pitting during the rain and didn’t execute the race perfectly. Stella believed a podium finish was potentially within reach for Norris, as he was behind Fernando Alonso who had gained a position on track. McLaren will review their communications, as Norris felt that there was a lack of clear information during the race. Norris acknowledged that the team has made a few wrong decisions this season, leading to the loss of positions and points.