Norris not discouraged by poor 2022 season for McLaren

October 5, 2022

McLaren completed third within the constructors’ championship in Norris’s first season with the group in 2020, earlier than slipping to fourth final 12 months.

The group is at present once more fourth and battling with shut rivals Alpine. Nevertheless it’s set to attain far fewer factors than final 12 months.

Norris has scored 100 factors up to now this 12 months, and appears unlikely to match his private 2022 whole of 160.

Norris clearly dedicated to the group till no less than 2025 primarily based on its anticipated progress after an ongoing restructure, and with a brand new wind tunnel on the best way.

Nevertheless he insists that he didn’t count on to see a dramatic enchancment in kind in 2022, particularly with the brand new laws coming in.

“I do not suppose it is modified something,” he mentioned of the group’s apparently stalled progress. “I did not come into this season anticipating us to be on the rostrum each weekend and preventing perhaps not for prime steps, however preventing for third and fourth and fifth. I wasn’t in all probability anticipating that each weekend.

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“So it is at all times laborious, particularly when it is a new automotive, new period of automobiles to know precisely what is going on to occur and individuals are at all times going to seek out significantly better options, like with Purple Bull not porpoising and never bouncing wherever close to as a lot as different folks, Mercedes with their automotive.

“There’s some massive variations, so I believe over the approaching years issues will shrink down and everybody’s going to get a lot nearer.

“I assume you at all times really feel a bit bit disillusioned while you simply count on a bit bit greater than what you are reaching.”

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

Photograph by: Erik Junius

Norris says he nonetheless has religion that the group will make good progress within the subsequent two years.

“It isn’t only a me feeling, everybody in McLaren desires to win and needs to struggle again, and make lots of progress each weekend and each month and each season. I believe everybody feels it, and everybody nonetheless has lots of religion within the group.

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“And everyone seems to be working extraordinarily laborious to grasp all the things and making an attempt to place in these steps that that we have to get again to the place Ferrari are, and the place Purple Bull are, and the place Mercedes are. So I do not suppose it is modified something.

“I am nonetheless trying ahead to the long run massively with McLaren. And yeah, there’s at all times going to be simply robust locations and difficult components of the season, or robust seasons, and that is one among them.

“It is irritating at instances, since you really feel such as you put in some good laps and you are feeling disillusioned that you just’re solely P6 or P10 or no matter it’s.

“However I do not suppose that adjustments or takes something away from what I consider we will do in a few years.”

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