user icon
user icon

Norris didn't expect current high confidence levels

  • Published on 12 Aug 2019 09:19
  • comments 2
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lando Norris admits he didn't expect to have such high confidence levels after his first half-season in Formula 1.

The 19-year-old made his F1 debut earlier this year at the Australian Grand Prix with McLaren, when he admits he was feeling more nervous compared to now.

Since his maiden race, the Briton has picked up five top-ten finishes, including two sixth-place finishes at Bahrain and Austria. 

McLaren currently sits fourth in the championship standings, however Norris doesn't believe the team has the fourth-fastest car - but states that it is performing more efficiently compared to 2018.

“I don’t think we thought we would be as [we are]," Norris said, quoted by Motorsport Week. "I don’t think we are still completely the fourth fastest car, but I think the team are doing a very good job.

“The pit stops, the starts, all areas that we weren’t so good in last year, they’ve improved a lot for this year, and we’re generally better than a lot of the teams.

“That side has been much stronger, and that has helped us be as good as we are in terms of the constructors’ and so on, it’s got us a lot of points, so a big thanks to all of the guys for working on those areas. It’s been a big help.

“From my side, I didn’t think I’d be as confident as I am now in this part of the season already, or halfway through.

“From how nervous I was in the beginning of the season in Australia, I’m a lot more confident, a lot more knowledgeable with what I need to do and not do and so on with what I need to do and not do and so on. We’re getting there.”

Norris is currently 10th in the drivers' championship, 34 points down on teammate Carlos Sainz, who holds the 'best of the rest' seventh spot in the standings. 

Replies (2)

Login to reply
  • Hugely impressed by this guy - expect McLaren will be wanting to tie him into a long deal.

    • + 0
    • Aug 12 2019 - 14:06
    • Any sane team would. Him and Albon are both very mature and skilled sportsmen, and now that we've got Albon in a RBH, I long to see them battle it out!

      • + 0
      • Aug 12 2019 - 14:23

AT Grand Prix of Austria

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    11:00 - 12:30

    Free practice 3

    12:00 - 13:00

    Race

    15:10 - 17:10

  • Free practice 2

    15:00 - 16:30

    Qualifying

    15:00 - 16:00

    Fastest lap

     

AT Grand Prix of Austria

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    11:00 - 12:30

    Free practice 2

    15:00 - 16:30

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    12:00 - 13:00

    Qualifying

    15:00 - 16:00

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    15:10 - 17:10

    Fastest lap

    15:10 - 17:10

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Where will Sebastian Vettel be in 2021?

World Championship standings 2019

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team McLaren
  • Points 49
  • Podiums 0
  • Grand Prix 21
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Date of b. Nov 13 1999 (20)
  • Place of b. Glastonbury, United Kingdom
  • 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
13 - Mar 15
Australia
20 - Mar 22
Bahrain
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam
17 - Apr 19
China
1 - May 3
Netherlands
8 - May 10
Spain
21 - May 24
Monaco
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan
12 - Jun 14
Canada
26 - Jun 28
France
3 - Jul 5
Austria
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom
31 - Aug 2
Hungary
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
18 - Sep 20
Singapore
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Japan
23 - Oct 25
United States of America
30 - Nov 1
Mexico
13 - Nov 15
Brazil
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
13 - Mar 15
Australia Albert Park
20 - Mar 22
3 - Apr 5
Viet Nam Hanoi Circuit
17 - Apr 19
1 - May 3
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
8 - May 10
21 - May 24
Monaco Monte Carlo
5 - Jun 7
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
12 - Jun 14
26 - Jun 28
France Paul Ricard
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
United Kingdom Silverstone
31 - Aug 2
Hungary Hungaroring
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
18 - Sep 20
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
23 - Oct 25
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
30 - Nov 1
13 - Nov 15
Brazil Interlagos
27 - Nov 29
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar