Have McLaren gone backwards or forwards? Lando Norris gives his verdict

Lando Norris believes positives can be taken from the British team's start to the 2024 Formula 1 season.

-

Lando Norris is largely positive about McLaren‘s start to the 2024 Formula 1 season after he secured his first podium this year at the Australian Grand Prix.

McLaren were regularly Red Bull‘s closest challengers in the second half of 2023 but have been overtaken by Ferrari in the development race over the winter.

Following the opening three rounds of the 2024 season, McLaren sit third in the constructor standings but are ahead of Mercedes and Aston Martin.

“The gap to Red Bull is completely expected,” Norris told reporters. “For us to be as close as we are to them, I think is a good sign. 

“You’ll probably see the most impressive has been Ferrari in how they’ve been able to take a very big step, I would say probably one of the biggest steps from last year to this year. But for us to still be not far behind, i think it’s still a completely good sign for us.”

McLaren looking for more

Norris is sixth in the drivers’ championship, ahead of George Russell and Fernando Alonso. However, Norris is behind teammate Oscar Piastri, who sits fifth in the standings.

In Norris’ opinion, there’s still work for McLaren to do, as it continues to grapple with the areas that troubles the team most, the slow-speed corners.

“We weren’t able to maybe tackle a few of those things that we have struggled to tackle in the last few years,” said Norris. “But now more than ever, we’re trying to tackle those areas.

“On the whole, I’m very happy. Could I be happier? Yes, can’t we all? We always want more, we always want to be able to compete a bit higher. 

“But I think for us to start the season in such a solid position, knowing that we can still improve on so many areas, puts a smile on my face, because we’re in a good position, and we know we can get a lot better.”

Jasmine Hughes
Jasmine Hughes
Experienced in digital content creation, Jasmine Hughes has written for a number of online publications, joining Total Motorsports in 2024. She previously served as FormulaNerds' Formula E Editor, leading coverage of the 2023 Formula E season. Jasmine has been watching Formula 1 since the age of 4, after falling in love with Fernando Alonso's blue-yellow Renault R25.
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Lando Norris after taking Sprint Pole at the 2024 Chinese GP | McLaren F1 Team

Starting Grid for F1 2024 Chinese GP Sprint Race – Provisional

0
In a thrilling conclusion to the Sprint Qualifying at the Shanghai International Circuit, Lando Norris clinched the pole position...

Christian Horner hits back at Sergio Perez as he’s drawn into Carlos Sainz contract...

0
Christian Horner has praised Carlos Sainz as a key player in the 2025 Formula 1 driver market while dampening...
Lando Norris during 2024 F1 testing | McLaren F1 Team

Why Lando Norris’ Chinese GP sprint pole lap was reinstated by FIA

0
Lando Norris experienced the highs and lows of qualifying all in the space of a few seconds after seeing...
Charles Leclerc during the 2024 Australian GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Charles Leclerc vents frustration after Ferrari sprint qualifying failure

0
Charles Leclerc has lamented his latest error in qualifying after the Ferrari driver experienced a frightening near-miss ahead of...
Max Verstappen of Red Bull during Sprint Qualifying at the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Verstappen gives Hamilton and Norris Chinese GP sprint hope with twin Red Bull worries

0
Max Verstappen conceded he could struggle at the start of the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix sprint race starting on...
Lewis Hamilton during 2024 Chinese Grand Prix, practice | Mercedes / Sam Bloxham

Lewis Hamilton at odds with Toto Wolff despite Chinese GP sprint shock

0
Lewis Hamilton believes he maintains a chance of winning the F1 Sprint at the Formula 1 2024 Chinese Grand...
Lando Norris during 2024 Japanese GP | McLaren F1 Team

Lando Norris rides rain and fire to take chaotic Chinese GP sprint pole

0
Lando Norris took the latest of pole positions as carnage ensued in sprint qualifying, with a rain-soaked SQ3 coming...
Grass at the Shanghai International Circuit caught fire during FP1 and Sprint Qualifying at the 2024 Chinese GP | Sky Sports F1

Chinese GP struck by fires as Shanghai Circuit burns on Friday

0
Formula 1 Sprint Qualifying was thrust into chaos on Friday morning when fires hit the Shanghai International Circuit as...
Sergio Perez of Red Bull during Sprint Qualifying at the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Chinese Grand Prix 2024 – Sprint Qualifying Results

0
Lando Norris clinched a dramatic Formula 1 pole position during the rain-affected sprint qualifying at the 2024 Chinese Grand...
Max Verstappen of Red Bull during Sprint Qualifying at the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Chinese Grand Prix 2024 Sprint Qualifying – Highlights

0
Welcome to this Total-Motorsport.com live blog for Sprint Qualifying at the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix, coming to you directly from the paddock...
- Advertisment -