Norris ‘couldn’t see’ Ocon during last-lap battle

Norris ‘couldn’t see’ Ocon during last-lap battle

Lando Norris stated he “couldn’t see” the place Esteban Ocon was because of the new laws as the 2 battled late on through the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Whereas McLaren proceed to wrestle with Daniel Ricciardo compelled to retire late on, Lando Norris had a purpose to rejoice as registered his first factors of the 2022 season with a seventh-placed end in Saudi Arabia.

Nonetheless, it might have been one higher for the Brit as he battled Alpine’s Esteban Ocon within the remaining laps of the race.

The 2 had been side-by-side going into the ultimate nook however Ocon was capable of draw back and keep his lead throughout the end line regardless of Norris utilizing DRS.

After the race, the McLaren driver stated he struggled with imaginative and prescient throughout their battle.

“What additionally had me over right here is as a result of the visibility is a lot worse, as quickly as I braked, I couldn’t see the place Esteban was as a result of you may’t see as far left,” he Norris stated to Sky Sports activities F1.

Norris was referring to the 2022 regulation adjustments which has impacted the drivers’ imaginative and prescient from the cockpit. With the 18-inch wheels in addition to wheel covers, the drivers now have a extra restricted area of view than they did final 12 months.

Not solely can they see much less from contained in the cockpit however they’re additionally decrease to the bottom as a consequence of adjustments within the ground-effect aerodynamics.

The difficulty is a selected drawback at Jeddah it appears and there have been stories that screens had been added to the aspect of the monitor to aide the drivers’ visibility via Turns 13, 16 and 19.

Regardless of not with the ability to overtake Ocon, Norris stated he believes his group might be “happy.”

“I feel we might be happy with P7 and a few first rate factors, that was the purpose for in the present day,” he stated.

 

“We might have liked to have gotten P6, and perhaps it was attainable, however we’re nonetheless proud of P7.

“It’s an actual disgrace about Daniel as a result of we might have had two vehicles within the factors in the present day, which might have been a really satisfying day.

“It’s good to see that there was a bit extra tempo within the automotive in the present day, and we will make progress. However we’re nonetheless not the place we need to be, so we’ll hold pushing.”

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