Norris: MCL36 was in ‘exact same place’ as Bahrain

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Norris: MCL36 was in ‘exact same place’ as Bahrain

Lando Norris says the McLaren MCL36 didn’t enhance between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, the latter observe simply suited it extra.

It has been an underwhelming begin to the season for McLaren, who after two rounds discover themselves P8 within the Constructors’ Championship with solely six factors.

All of these have been supplied by Norris in Saudi Arabia, the Briton taking a P7 end whereas his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo floor to a halt and was pressured to retire from the race.

Earlier than that, McLaren had completed comfortably outdoors of the factors in Bahrain the place they have been hindered by points with the entrance brakes.

So whereas Saudi Arabia was a giant enchancment performance-wise, Norris revealed the MCL36 had not taken a step ahead, fairly it was a case of the Jeddah Corniche Circuit enjoying to extra of its strengths.

Norris: MCL36 was in ‘exact same place’ as Bahrain

Requested through the F1 Nation podcast how a lot of a shock that P7 end on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was, Norris replied: “I imply, after final week (Bahrain) you’d say it was a shock.

“However this week our tempo was significantly better, so perhaps not the most important. I’m pleased with it. I really feel unhealthy that I’ve to be pleased with a P7.

“The automotive is in precisely the identical place as Bahrain, that’s the issue.

“If we went again to Bahrain, we’d nonetheless be out in Q1 and we’d be combating for sixteenth and seventeenth like we have been.

“It’s simply this observe fits our automotive much more, fits the medium and high-speed, nevertheless it’s only a distinction – the automotive is actually precisely the identical.

“I suppose we all know a little bit bit extra of the place our strengths are, however our weaknesses are the slow-speed corners and we’re a really good distance off nonetheless in the meanwhile.”


Subsequent up is the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, so it was recommended to Norris this could possibly be one other tough race weekend because of the presence of extra slower corners.

Nonetheless, because the final go to in 2020 which was curtailed by the beginning of the pandemic, Albert Park has been redesigned to create what can be a sooner lap, so Norris heads into the occasion with hope.

“Properly, it’s modified,” he mentioned when put to him the indicators weren’t good for McLaren at Albert Park.

“It’s a smoother floor, so I’m hoping the brand new one can be higher for us than the outdated one.”




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