Australian Grand Prix Preview – With McLaren

Australian Grand Prix Preview – With McLaren

There’s less than a week to go until the first race for the 2019 Formula 1 season and here at The Formula 1 Girl, I can’t wait – so much excitement and so much build-up for the first few races!

As we all get ready for the new season, you’ll be able to catch up with all the latest from teams and drivers who are also getting ready for the new season – most of them now in Australia and ready to get back into the racing routine.

In this post, you can see all the latest from McLaren who seemed to have a better testing session a couple of weeks ago compared to last year which saw plenty of breakdowns and not as much milages being covered. Even though this year’s testing wasn’t perfect for the team – they did improve compared to previous years!

Let’s take a look and see what Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris have to say about their new starts at McLaren and the season ahead – along with a fun feature too!

Carlos Sainz – McLaren: 2019 Australian Grand Prix Preview


Carlos Sainz: “Following a productive two weeks at pre-season testing, I’m excited to truly get the 2019 season underway.”

“Melbourne is the perfect scenario for the kick-off, I will always remember my debut in F1 here and my first points ever in the Championship. Now, I’m looking forward to racing in my first grand prix weekend with McLaren.”

“Pre-season testing was key to completing my integration within the team. I’m very confident in the work I’ve put together with my engineers and I feel fit and ready to get on track.”

“Now it’s finally time to go racing and see where we are compared to our competitors. I’ve missed Formula 1 over the break…way too much!”

Lando Norris – McLaren: 2019 Australian Grand Prix Preview


Lando Norris: “This weekend marks the start of an important new chapter in my career. I’m excited to be making my Formula 1 debut and ready for the challenges that lie ahead.”

“There are plenty of new procedures for me to get used to as I step up from F2, so the two weeks at pre-season testing were valuable as they allowed me to fully prepare for this weekend.”

“This will be my first-time visiting Australia, so it’ll be cool to see a new country. I’ve spent a lot of time preparing for the race in the simulator back at the factory; there are a few new circuits for me to learn this year.”

“Since leaving Barcelona, I’ve spent a lot of time working with engineers and making my final preparations before taking to the track in Melbourne.”

“I feel ready and I’m looking forward to working with Carlos and the team as we take on the 2019 season together.”

McLaren Spotlight

This year, we’re seeing a new feature from McLaren called “Spotlight” and this is a wonderful way to bring more insight and a behind-the-scenes look at what happens within a team. From the pit-stops and track team to the factory members at base, everyone comes together to do their part and progress on a race weekend.

In this post, you can see more about McLaren’s Amelia Lewis – a factory based performance engineer. Talking about her role and giving an insight into the work at McLaren.


Tell us about your role!

Amelia Lewis: “I’m a factory-based Performance Engineer which means that I’m responsible for the preparation, running and analysis of data gathered from what we sometimes refer to as our third car – the simulator – at McLaren HQ”

What do you love about it?

Amelia Lewis: “I love that I get to have a direct impact on the performance of the car on-track. We run the simulator alongside Friday practice sessions during GP weekends, running additional tests and finessing set-up. The work we do can be instrumental to our performance over the race weekend.”

What do you think when the lights go out in Australia?

Amelia Lewis: “I’ll be equal parts nervous and hopeful! For most of us who work here – this is more than a job, it’s our passion so when you are watching the start of a GP, seeing the results of your hard work and knowing anything can happen – it’s so tense…”

What’s been the highlight of your McLaren career so far?

Amelia Lewis: “It’s got to be when I race engineered the MP4-28 at Silverstone for a test event with the 2017 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award Winner. For someone of my age and experience to be given that responsibility – it was huge and I was so lucky to have a fantastic group of mechanics and engineers working with me.”

What was the last thing a driver said to you?

Amelia Lewis: “It was Lando! He said: “You can tell that Jarv (his performance engineer) wants a Cherry Bakewell.”

What is your earliest McLaren memory?

Amelia Lewis: “I remember sitting round the dining room table for Sunday lunch, eating a roast that my mum had spent all morning cooking, while my dad rearranged the furniture to watch the GP from the table. F1 was always on in our house but I started getting into motorsport around the same time that Lewis Hamilton began his rookie F1 season at McLaren so – 2007. The team has always held a special place in my heart…”

The Formula 1 Girl 🙂

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