user icon
user icon

Norris: China result 'more realistic' for McLaren

  • Published on 13 Apr 2019 14:01
  • comments 0
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lando Norris says that McLaren's qualifying result in Shanghai paints a truer picture of where the team is in the pecking order.

After Q3 appearances in Australia and Bahrain, both Norris and teammate Carlos Sainz dropped out of the second stage of qualifying.

Sainz got the better of Norris to take a spot on the seventh row, qualifying in 14th place. Norris was four-tenths down on Sainz's time and was the slowest driver in the second stage of qualifying.

"As a team, with the car we have now, at this track, it’s just not as nice and it’s not performing as well as the past two weekends,” Norris admitted.

“I think we did very good, and now having more realistic results because obviously it’s made to look a bit more disappointing, but it wasn’t out of the ordinary. We were kind of expecting it in a way.

“The other teams have done a better job or extracted more out of the car this weekend than what we’ve been able to. It's a bit annoying, but not the end of the world.”

Norris added that McLaren understands the work it needs to do to improve, as it has been evident since the start of the season despite its impressive performances at the opening two rounds.

“There’s a lot of work to do in terms of getting the car better, but that’s obvious and has been since the beginning of the season,” Norris said.

“We’ve got a bit of work to do for tomorrow, but the race is always different so we need to make sure we make the most of it.”

Norris bagged a sixth-place finish last time out in Bahrain after potentially missing out on points in Australia when his strategy was hampered by Antonio Giovinazzi in the Alfa Romeo.

Replies (0)

Login to reply

GB F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Local time 

GB F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

Local time 

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

World Championship standings 2020

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team McLaren
  • Points 87
  • Podiums 1
  • Grand Prix 26
  • Country GB
  • Date of b. Nov 13 1999 (20)
  • Place of b. Glastonbury, GB
  • Weight 64 kg
  • Length 1.70 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
3 - Jul 5
Austria
10 - Jul 12
Austria
17 - Jul 19
Hungary
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom
14 - Aug 16
Spain
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
11 - Sep 13
Italy
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Germany
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
10 - Jul 12
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
Hungary Hungaroring
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom Silverstone
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom Silverstone
14 - Aug 16
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
11 - Sep 13
Italy Mugello
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
Germany Nurburgring
See full schedule
show sidebar