‘McLaren needs a little more to fight Mercedes’

‘McLaren needs a little more to fight Mercedes’

McLaren still has some improvements to the MCL36 if they want to compete with Mercedes, says Lando Norris. He estimates that McLaren is currently the ‘fifth or sixth fastest team’ in the Formula 1 field.

McLaren has had mixed performances in the first five races of the season. It started with the result of a goalless draw in Bahrain, after which the team recovered and even took 22 points at Imola from the Norris platform. In Miami it ended in tears again with Norris’ retirement and thirteenth place for Daniel Ricciardo. Despite the mixed performance, McLaren is fourth among the builders, though Norris calls on the team to continue working hard on the car.

“We hope we can improve the car a bit,” Norris says Motorsport.com† “It’s hard to know exactly what we’re going to do starting this weekend. We are behind Mercedes. We stand behind Alfa Romeo. But we’re in a good fight with Alpine and AlphaTauri, it’s that easy. “

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With those teams ahead of McLaren, with Haas ‘approaching’ McLaren, Norris estimates his team is currently ‘fifth or sixth speed team’ on the grid. “We have a reasonable pace. We just need that a little more to fight the Mercedes and the people in front of us. And then we can be happy if we succeed.”

Ricciardo argued after the Miami race that the car performed poorly there because the layout “revealed our weaknesses more than it showed our strengths”. “We will continue to persevere, we have a lot to deal with. There were so many long and straight corners, we had to work on that, “the Australian said.