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Norris: Not at the same level as we were in Austria

Norris: Not at the same level as we were in Austria

Norris: Not at the same level as we were in Austria
Lando Norris admitted he is not having the confidence he needs behind the wheel of McLaren MCL60 this weekend at Silverstone, the car’s performance not as good as it was in Austria last week.

McLaren brought an upgrade to their MCL60 in the previous Formula 1 race, the 2023 Austrian Grand Prix, and that seemed to work well from the word go as Norris featured at the sharp end of the standing both in Qualifying and the Sprint Shootout, while he finished the grand prix on Sunday a strong fourth.

However, Friday at Silverstone is painting a different picture for the Woking outfit, as their star driver was eighth fastest in FP1, 14th fastest in FP2.

Reflecting on his Friday at Silverstone in McLaren‘s end-of-day report, Norris did not hide his frustration, he said: “A bit of a tricky day.

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“I was struggling quite a bit with the car balance and confidence. It hasn’t been the best of starts but we’ve still got plenty of time to work it through. We’re probably not at the same level as we were in Austria, but we know we can get more out of the car,” he added.

A better feeling on the other side of the McLaren garage

Oscar Piastri, on the other hand, was a bit more optimistic, which can be understandable as he was driving he upgraded MCL60 for the first time, as McLaren gave the upgrade package only to Norris in Austria.

“I’d say a pretty productive day,” Piastri said. “We still need to do some work to get the car into the sweet spot, but I think all-in-all it was pretty solid.

“We’ll have to see what we can tune-up for tomorrow. The weather is playing a big part, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow but all-in-all, not a bad Friday, a nice first day with the upgraded car,” the Aussie concluded.

Summing up the day, McLaren Team Principal Andrea Stella said: “A productive day of practice, in dry sunny conditions here at Silverstone.

“The good weather allows us to complete an extensive programme testing for the new tyres and our upgraded aerodynamic parts. The pecking order looks interesting: some cars seem to be quick on low fuel, others in the race runs, so I think we have an interesting weekend ahead – even leaving aside the possibility of wet weather on the way.

“We’ll study the data tonight and prepare as best we can for whatever the weekend brings us, with the intention of scoring points on Sunday,” the Italian concluded.