user icon

Norris: Tyre saving hard to judge in F1

  • Published on 22 Apr 2019 12:13
  • comments 0
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lando Norris says that it is hard to judge how much to push when saving tyres in Formula 1.

2019 marks Norris' first year in the pinnacle series, having spent his 2018 campaign racing in Formula 2.

Norris contrasted the differences between preparations at pre-season testing, when a small mistake can afford to be made, while the pressure is much higher during race weekends.

"I think the hard thing in the practice and pre-season testing and everything is knowing how much to push and not to push," he said.

"Especially for my first time doing a race sim in Barcelona, knowing how hard to push with a full tank of fuel, tyres that drop off a lot both in wear but also thermally, it’s always hard to judge.

"Sometimes you have loads of tyre deg and you think ‘oh no, this is going to be terrible’.

"When you’re in a race you obviously gauge yourself much more of others drivers around and it’s easier to know what they’re doing and what you have to do to make changes and save the tyres more, save they tyres less. So it is very different.

"As a whole experience, the pressure is on a lot more. It’s what counts on the Sunday, rather than pre-season testing [where] you can do a lock-up, a little mistake, it’s like ‘that’s nothing’.

"But if you do it on Sunday you lose a place or you have to box for a flat-spot or something like that, then it’s a much bigger problem.

"So altogether it’s a lot more pressure, you have to think about a lot more things when it comes to the race itself rather than in pre-season when it’s a bit more relaxed."

Norris scored his first points in F1 at the Bahrain Grand Prix, as he drove to a sixth-place result - McLaren's best finish since the Australian Grand Prix last year. 


Replies (0)

Login to reply

Related news



GB Grand Prix of Great Britain

Local time 

View more photos

GB Grand Prix of Great Britain

Local time 

View more photos


Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Ferrari challenge Mercedes this weekend in Great Britain?


World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team McLaren
  • Points 22
  • Podiums 0
  • Grand Prix 10
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Date of b. Nov 13 1999 (19)
  • Place of b. Glastonbury, United Kingdom
  • Weight 64 kg
  • Length 1.70 m
Show full profile


Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
-
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
-
Spain
23 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
23 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar