Norris admits McLaren's pace is better than originally anticipated

  • 05 Apr 2019 11:08
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

After a somewhat positive start to the 2019 season for McLaren, Lando Norris says that the Woking squad's pace is better than what it originally thought.

Norris crossed the line in Bahrain in sixth place, recording McLaren's best result since the 2018 Australian Grand Prix. Norris' teammate Carlos Sainz retired for the second consecutive race, after he suffered damage while battling Max Verstappen.

McLaren's upturn is performance is a positive step after the second half of the 2018 season saw it slip to the rear of the grid as it switched its focus onto the 2019 car. 

"Between qualifying and the race it's definitely one of the strongest for quite some time," Norris said. "There's still a lot of work to do to be consistently here and beating the midfield guys.

"But our race pace seems better than we anticipated, we thought we were a bit better in qualifying trim than we were going to be [in the race].

"For my first two races of the season [I am happy], although Australia could have been a little bit better. I think I have made up for it here."

Norris showed sympathy for Sainz, as he was also made to sit on the sidelines in Australia over three weeks ago when his MGU-K failed and a fire sprouted at the rear of his car early on in the race.

"Carlos has a lot more potential than he's shown," Norris commented. "He showed it in qualifying,  so he deserves to get points and be up where I was.

"We could quite easily have had a double points finish. I don't know if he was unlucky or what happened, but he was unlucky in Australia. 

"He didn't deserve that. [In Bahrain] it was contact with someone. I'm sure he's gutted to not get two races, the first two where you need the confidence. He'll bounce back, I know he will."


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  • Dert38

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    Think for yourself m8 sainz is paid

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    • Apr 5 2019 - 21:44
    • It's Norris' first year. I am not sure what you mean, have you seen how much drivers usually make in their first year?

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      • Apr 5 2019 - 22:50

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