Friday, March 31, 2023

Method one: Disaster? What disaster, says McLaren’s Norris

McLaren carried out worst of any group in Method One’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix however Lando Norris stated on Thursday there was no disaster brewing at Woking.

The previous champions failed to attain some extent within the March 5 opener with Australian rookie Oscar Piastri retiring after 13 laps attributable to {an electrical} drawback.

Norris made six pitstops attributable to a pneumatic strain leak earlier than the Briton completed seventeenth and final, two laps down.

He stated each McLaren drivers had suffered points not seen in years and the group, with engine supplier Mercedes, had been assured they’d now been fastened.

“Everyone makes it sound a lot worse than it is. Calling it a crisis? It’s far from that at all, it’s nothing close to it,” Norris instructed reporters forward of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah.

“We’re confident we can get some good points, I would say, this weekend.

“Towards the top four teams, it’s a very big jump. But I’m confident we can be in that fight. I don’t think we’re that far away,” he added. “It was made very clear and very early on that we’re far from where we want to be.”

Norris stated McLaren, fifth general final yr, must be doing higher with their sources however they nonetheless had a lot they may obtain this season.

“I believe we should have been in the top 10, scored some points in Bahrain, if we didn’t have the issues,” he added. “So our plan is to limit that, not have any issues and try again and make up for (what) we lost.”

Norris additionally performed down swirling hypothesis about his future, and attainable strikes to Ferrari or Mercedes if vacancies arose.

“I guess I’m at a point where it doesn’t affect me in any way. I’m, I guess, fine with it to an extent, apart from when it’s just complete BS, that people try and come up with, and completely fake stories that people make up,” he stated.

“But I think we do a good job within the team, within McLaren, explaining things to people and telling them what’s going on, explaining my side of the story and things that go on with me, things that go on within teams.”

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