McLaren driver Lando Norris said that his confidence was at an “all-time high” after a fifth-place finish in the Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao.
Starting the race seventh, Norris made places on the opening lap with an outstanding move on Esteban Ocon and held on to end the race as the best of the rest behind the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers.
The 21-year-old has finished in the top five at each of the opening three races this season and sits third in the drivers’ championship with 20 Grands Prix remaining.
“Confidence is definitely at an all-time high not just on track but in the paddock, working in the team, they’re doing a great job, so confidence in myself and confidence in the team,” he told Sky Sports F1.
“Things are going well, but they can quickly go in the wrong direction so we’ve got to keep working and keep pushing hard.
“A good few laps a lot of wheel to wheel action. Would have been nice to stay ahead of the Red Bulls because we’re there on merit, we raced ahead of them, but we don’t have the pace to stay ahead.”
Daniel Ricciardo had a nice recovery drive after his disappointing Q1 exit on Saturday to finish ninth but has now been beaten by Norris in each of his first three races with McLaren.
“Today was certainly a better day,” he said.
“I was able to do what I set out to do and overtake some cars, have some battles and get rid of some anger from yesterday, so that was good. I think there were moments of the race that were really positive and having got another race distance under me, I feel like I’ve got quite a bit of feedback for the team. I definitely feel some things which are holding me back in terms of what I want to do with the car, and every time I try it, it doesn’t quite hold on
“So, I think there are some things we can immediately address with the set-up, and then with some updates to come. Overall, I’m pretty optimistic with how the race went, thanks again to the team at track and in Woking for their support and hard work this weekend. I’m already looking forward to Spain in a few days’ time.”