Lando Norris has “made the next step” according to McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl. After a stellar performance at the Formula 1 season opening Bahrain GP.
McLaren driver Lando Norris has gone from strength to strength over the past two Formula 1 seasons. Now entering his third year in the top-tier level of motor racing, Norris looks set to continue that trend.
Norris snatched a well-deserved fourth place, during a near flawless drive at the Bahrain GP. Finishing behind only the two Mercedes and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.
His skill level and confidence in the car seem to have improved drastically. With the young Britain happily tussling it out with the top driver’s and going head-to-head with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for track position.
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A level of offensive and defensive driving that was lacking in previous years, now looks to be front and center in Norris’ arsenal. Along with the ability to control the cars around him. Something that wasn’t lost on McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl.
“I think we have seen all weekend, especially in qualifying and the race, that Lando made the next step,” Seidl said. “It’s something we ought to expect from a young driver, especially in his first years, to make these steps because that’s how you become a top guy in this sport.
“It was great to see how he pulled it off because it really was a very controlled race from his side. He pushed when he had to push and he controlled the race when he was in a position to control it.
“If I look at the way he works together with his engineers, how he communicates during a practice session, during qualifying, during the race, under stress, you simply see he was building up the experience and the confidence over the last two years
“Now he implements again everything digested over winter and he has learned from himself, and that results in the lap times and the performance in the race.”
The partnering with new arrival Daniel Ricciardo will no doubt provide Norris with that little extra motivation to light the tyres.
As the old saying goes, “Your biggest competitor is your teammate.” With this is mind, Norris will be out to prove that he is just as good, if not better, than his Australian teammate.