McLaren’s poster boy Lando Norris has rubbished claims of Red Bull struggling after their unimpressive showing both in Barcelona and Bahrain. With Max Verstappen finding himself in the gravel, Red Bull had the alarm bells ringing in their garage. But Lando Norris seems to have a different opinion as compared to us. He feels that Red Bull has kept their aces close to the chest which will be revealed during the first race.
Lando Norris must be quietly confident with his personal performance during testing. The Briton was absolutely flying in Barcelona as he set the fastest lap on the first day of testing and securing P1 sending a strong message to all its competitors. This performance was backed by his teammate Daniel Ricciardo on day 2. Lando Norris unexpectedly took center stage in Bahrain following Daniel Ricciardo testing positive for COVID-19.
Lando Norris still didn’t disappoint as he finished P6 overall. But Lando Norris and McLaren are not getting carried away with the results that they have been able to produce in pre season testing. Previous years have shown that things do not play out exactly like they did during testing and both Red Bull and Mercedes have sprung out with a surprise come the start of the season.
Lando Norris and McLaren have had a decent pre season but have to improve considerably if they want to fight with the likes of Red Bull
Lando Norris acknowledged the situation ahead of him. McLaren’s prodigy in one of his interviews said, “I would go with Red Bull at the minute but Ferrari are definitely the closest after that.”
“They are downplaying themselves massively, as they would. But consistently in every single run they’ve done since the first lap in [the first test in] Barcelona, they’ve been basically at the top.”
“McLaren seemed to have a good chance to be among the top teams before the season, but during the test days the team did not leave an indelible impression.” As reported by gpblog.
Lando Norris personally had a decent start to the season. But decent won’t be enough for McLaren after the investment made them in the 22 year old. McLaren intends to break out of the midfield and compete with the top 3 and therefore, both Lando Norris and McLaren need to improve considerable before the season opener in Bahrain this weekend.