F1 | US GP | Lando Norris on Ferrari’s upgrades: “They are a fairly large chunk ahead of us”
The McLaren driver points out that it will be more difficult for the team to catch the position in the Constructors Schedule away from Ferrari, as the Prancing Horse got an upgrade that fastened their pace
The last two events have consolidated a tight fight between Ferrari and McLaren. Even though the British team has been the one who has improved more in the recent seasons, considering where they were just a couple of years ago, Ferrari is regaining its advantage again, making it harder for McLaren to fight against them. The Italian team started from the back of the grid in both Russia and Turkey, as they put on Sainz and Leclerc’s cars an updated hybrid system.
The Prancing Horse avoided commenting on the impact that the new system has had on their performances, but it is thought that the improvement might be of about 8-9 bhp.
Lando Norris noticed the improvement on the track and states that from this moment the battle between McLaren and Ferrari will be even harder.
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“At some races we have still been better and at some they have been better, - he said, analysing the 2021 season’s finishes for both teams - As a trend they have been on the stronger end, especially now with the new power unit it has definitely shifted their pace into a stronger one.”
The updated brought on the red cars has helped the Italians to take a big step forward. “If you look at Turkey there are not one or two tenths ahead, they are a fairly large chunk ahead of us. They definitely have a very competitive car, and a more competitive power unit now. It is going to make our life tougher but the aim is still to beat them, and will put everything into staying ahead of them in the championship. It is going to be difficult and we will fight hard to the end.”
Norris now has to focus on his own team and its performances in 2021.
“On some areas of the track we can be good and in other areas we will struggle, - he said – Just from what we have learned, some are good and some are bad. Whether the good parts top the bad parts, or whether the bad parts override the good parts, we will have to wait and see.”
Even if the track is the one who talks on points, the Briton highlights that to win the position in the Championship schedule you have to face an amount of other variables that cannot be considered only mechanically.
“But it is not just the track; there are some other variables, the bumps, the wind, the temperature. We think we will be okay but it is very close, so it's not like we know that we will be two tenths quicker than Ferrari or two tenths slower.”
In conclusion, he talks about his expectations on the US GP.
“We think we can have a good weekend and we aim for a strong weekend and hopefully be better than we were in Turkey.”