Norris’ rallying cry to McLaren: Let’s keep improving

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Norris’ rallying cry to McLaren: Let’s keep improving

Conceding McLaren will not be able to combat for a top-three end at Imola, Lando Norris has urged his crew to “maintain bettering, continue learning”.

Though McLaren had an excellent opening day of pre-season testing, issues started to emerge – most notably with the MCL36’s brake cooling.

Resolving that whereas additionally having to take care of Daniel Ricciardo lacking the whole second check with Covid meant the crew began the 2022 championship on the again foot – and it confirmed within the outcomes.

The crew failed to attain a single level in Bahrain whereas one race later, in Saudi Arabia, Norris made it into the highest 10 in seventh place.

One other step ahead on the subsequent race, Australia, had each drivers scoring factors with Norris P7 and his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo sixth.

However whereas the Briton is hoping for an additional enchancment at spherical 4, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, he concedes a repeat of final 12 months’s podium end is unlikely.

“We aren’t again preventing for podiums simply but,” he mentioned. “However hopefully we will maintain transferring ahead and get probably the most out of this weekend.

“Australia was a extra constructive weekend for us, however we all know we nonetheless have numerous work to do to get to the place we wish to be.

“Let’s maintain bettering, continue learning extra in regards to the automotive and be able to benefit from any alternatives that come up.”

Final season, Norris was P3 on the Imola circuit, a race by which Ricciardo additionally scored in sixth place.

It’s a circuit Norris enjoys racing at, the driving force wanting ahead to this 12 months’s added pleasure of a dash race.

Qualifying will happen on Friday night with a dash race on Saturday night figuring out the grid for Sunday’s Emilia Romagna GP.

“I’m excited to be again at Imola,” he mentioned. “It was an ideal race for me final 12 months, scoring my first podium of 2021.

“The circuit is quick, with some iconic options which must be fascinating to deal with within the new vehicles.

“The dash at all times provides an additional bit of pleasure for the followers, so I’m wanting ahead to seeing how the weekend performs out.”

 

This 12 months, the drivers will rating extra factors than in 2021 for the Dash race with the highest eight all scoring factors. The winner will bag eight, second will rating seven and so forth right down to eighth place.

These factors might make a giant distinction within the Constructors’ Championship with McLaren on 24 factors in fourth place, simply two forward of Alpine.

 

 

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