Lando Norris can’t believe the progress the Woking team has made since 2018
largeAndo Norris performed well at the start of the 2021 season. Won the podium twice in two games, and Daniel Ricciardo is leading the way in Bahrain and Imola. It seems to be the year that the young Englishman was confirmed. Carlos Sainz has been behind in the game, but now he is released with the new MCL35M as the main pillar of McLaren.
The 21-year-old Englishman is already his third season official driver, but in 2018, he was a tester and was able to evaluate the performance of the 2018 car in several Grand Prix Fridays, so he can Compare it with the current one. He emphasized in the podcast “On the Fast Lane”: “It’s great to see the growth of this team.”
“Although McLaren has always been the McLaren team, and the McLaren team has been for many years, the gap between three, four, five years ago and now is incredible. The atmosphere here is much cooler, and I am very Happy to see it. Be part of everything and help the team maintain an upward trajectory,” Lando emphasized.
In his opinion, this is not only about the pure performance of the car, but also about the way the car works and the good atmosphere in the team. “In recent years, we have greatly improved our way of cooperation, way of thinking, spirit… Because the performance of F1 not only depends on the performance of the eight people. There are also many external factors that need to be maintained. It may be the pit stop, which is the mentality of the technician. The team can play a role.” He said: “It may be that engineers are inspired in the factory to make parts, make improvements to the car, and so on. It has a good track record and everything has been greatly improved.”
“I think that after Daniel joined the team this year, we have made some progress. It provides us with a new perspective and a different perspective on many things. You can learn a lot from his past. But I think his performance As good as him. He once said in Ricciardo that he is currently at Red Bull or Renault. Although it is foreseeable that his moment will come, he is currently unable to compare with Norris.