Lando Norris if off to a good start at the Bahrain GP. Sitting near the top of the time sheets after free practice one and two.
Reduced from 90 to 60 minutes for 2021, Norris performed quite well throughout the duration of free practice one and two.
FP1 saw Norris complete 20 laps and lockdown the third fastest time for the session with a 1m31.897s. While Norris managed to knock out 25 laps and secure the second fastest time of FP2 with a 1m30.942s.
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Although practice times can often be taken with a grain of salt, due to teams running different setups, tyre packages and programs. Things look promising for Norris so far, in what is set to be a challenging year up against new teammate, Daniel Ricciardo.
While there were minor setbacks according to Norris, on the whole, he was happy.
“A reasonable first day back in the car,” Norris said. “I think we started where we left off in testing, which is a good thing. The car has improved in some areas, which is positive, but other areas have got a little bit worse. It’s been a tricky day to put it all together but on the whole I’m happy.
“Here and there we’ve got some work to do for tomorrow [Saturday], but if we can put it together, hopefully we can be competitive. We seem to be very close to AlphaTauri, Ferrari and other cars, so tomorrow will definitely be tight, but we’ll see what we can do.”
The field is the tightest it has been in recent years. And other than the top two teams of Mercedes and Red Bull, it really is anyone’s guess as to who will fall next in line.
Saturday’s qualifying will be the best measurement yet of Norris and McLaren’s progression with the MCL35M. As they look to get the better of their not-so-midfield rivals.