McLaren showed themselves to have some promising pace in Monaco's first two practice sessions, displaying strong times throughout Friday running.
There were question marks surrounding McLaren's competitiveness at the Principality, after a lack-lustre performance at the Spanish GP. These concerns have been largely addressed, though the real test for McLaren will come in Saturday qualifying.
With that said, Sunday's weather forecast still suggests there could race could be rain-affected and so there could still be plenty of work to do after qualifying.
Despite the possible spanners in the work that Sunday could bring, a good starting position has always been integral at the Monaco GP, irrespective of the weather conditions.
Aside from Ricciardo's hefty impact in FP2, which the Aussie thankfully walked away from, McLaren can be pleased with their progress so far this weekend.
Lando Norris outlined his expectations to the media:
"It’s the aim for sure [to finish as the best of the rest]. I think it’s not going to be easy. Mercedes seem very close and AlphaTauri seem very close as well.
A little bit surprised to say we’re ahead of Mercedes; I expected them to maybe be ahead of us at the minute, but the plan is to be ahead of them and if we can be I’ll be very happy with that.”