Formula 1
Formula 1
24 Oct
-
27 Oct
Event finished
01 Nov
-
03 Nov
Event finished
14 Nov
-
17 Nov
Event finished
28 Nov
-
01 Dec
Event finished
R
Australian GP
12 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
88 days
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
95 days
R
Vietnamese GP
02 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
109 days
16 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
123 days
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
137 days
07 May
-
10 May
Next event in
144 days
21 May
-
24 May
Next event in
158 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
172 days
11 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
179 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
193 days
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
200 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
214 days
R
Hungarian GP
30 Jul
-
02 Aug
Next event in
228 days
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
256 days
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
263 days
R
Singapore GP
17 Sep
-
20 Sep
Next event in
277 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
284 days
08 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
298 days
R
United States GP
22 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
312 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
319 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
333 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
Next event in
347 days

Norris: Single-lap quirk behind McLaren's misleading advantage

shares
comments
Norris: Single-lap quirk behind McLaren's misleading advantage
By:
Nov 15, 2019, 12:35 PM

Lando Norris says McLaren’s superiority against its midfield Formula 1 rivals looks greater than it really is because qualifying has hidden some of its problems.

McLaren is on course for a comfortable fourth-place finish in the constructors’ championship and top-scored amongst the midfield teams at half of the races so far in 2019.

It has also had the fourth-fastest car with an average qualifying advantage over fifth-fastest Renault that, in percentage terms, covers the next four teams.

However, Norris believes that in qualifying McLaren “just about get away with how the car is performing”, describing the MCL34 as a car with a “fundamental” problem of being tricky to drive.

“The new tyres mask it a bit, and they just give us the things that we need on the qualifying lap,” he said. “So we were able to do better almost than what we know we will able to do during the race.”

He added: “We’re on edge in qualifying and the car can perform well but when we get to the race the car kind of shows its true potential and what it should be doing on those older tyres and the new tyres just mask it.”

Read Also:

McLaren produced its strongest qualifying performance of the season at the previous race in the United States, qualifying within 1% of the fastest time for the first time this year.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo qualified six tenths slower than the lead McLaren in the US but managed to finish sixth in the race, ahead of Norris.

Asked by Motorsport.com if it is closer between McLaren and its rivals than the season’s statistics make it look, Norris said: “Yeah, I would say so. We’re good in qualifying which is a good bonus for us, because it sets us up well for the race every time.

“I’m always in a good position, you can have clean air every now and then. We’re able to not show as easily our weaknesses, or it kind of hides because we have clean air and the others are stuck behind us.

“But then when it’s vice versa, then we struggle a lot more and we realise we’re not as quick as what they are when they’re following us kind of thing so.”

Read Also:

Norris believes that as well as McLaren’s “weaknesses” showing more in the race, the team has been hamstrung by operation problems – with pitstops one key area recently highlighted by team boss Andreas Seidl.

While he does not believe McLaren is “bad” at pitstops, Norris conceded it has had “more” and “bigger” problems than others.

“We started the season off fairly well actually but we haven’t been able to improve as much as some of the other teams,” he said. “So now we know we’re a bit lacking. And we’ve had some problems where it’s cost Carlos points, it cost me points.

“It’s not been terrible. It’s still been better than what it was last year, that’s for sure.”

Next article
Hamilton braced for next round of "stressful" F1 contract talks

Previous article

Hamilton braced for next round of "stressful" F1 contract talks

Next article

Live: Follow Brazilian GP practice as it happens

Live: Follow Brazilian GP practice as it happens
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Lando Norris
Teams McLaren Shop Now
Author Scott Mitchell