Lando Norris believes there is still more to get out of this year’s car after the Brit qualified sixth on the grid for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix.
In tricky conditions that tested the drivers’ reflexes and their team’s decision-making, Norris continued to squeeze every bit of pace out of his McLaren, and his efforts were rewarded with sixth on the grid, eight places higher than Daniel Ricciardo, who could only manage 14th.
This is in spite of McLaren stopping the development of this year’s car for the time being. But Norris believes that his good Qualifying performance proves that there is still potential in the MCL36 when he spoke to selected media outlets, including Motorlat.
“Definitely think we’ll able to I think we proved that today we’re ahead of one of the Mercedes, which is a lot quicker and also has a big upgrade package, and we’re still ahead of one of them. I think we’re only a tenth behind Lewis, so it’s a little bit surprising. I think we did a good job altogether to be ahead of one of them, and it shows at times that the car is still there and it’s still got good potential; it’s just like we’ve said over the past few weekends when we’ve been to these bumpier tracks it’s the just the characteristics that the car doesn’t like as much.”
“But this is a bit more back in line with what we were expecting in a way, and more in line with places like Saudi were we able to get in the points and perform better. I think there are still going to be tracks which were going to struggle at more; theirs obviously going to be tracks which were going to struggle at less and, of course, were still going to continue to try and improve the car in every way possible within the capabilities we got.”