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Norris: Full of confidence McLaren will continue pushing forward

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McLaren driver Lando Norris revealed his expectations for the MCL38 ahead of the 2024 season and is fully confident his team can challenge the dominance of Formula 1 by Red Bull and Max Verstappen.

After a topsy-turvy 2023 F1 campaign which saw the Woking-based outfit finish the season fourth in the Constructors’ Championship, the team will be hoping to improve with their recently unveiled 2024 challenger, the MCL38.

The previous season started off poorly, with the British team scoring just 17 points after the first eight rounds of the calendar. But effective upgrades brought to the MCL60 from the Austrian Grand Prix onwards catapulted McLaren up the pecking order, turning them into regular podium contenders in the latter half of the year.

They pipped a fast-starting Aston Martin outfit to the fourth place, where the green team’s pace tapered off as the year drew to a close.

Teammate Oscar Piastri impressed on his first year in Formula 1, managing a Sprint race victory during the Qatar Grand Prix weekend. Norris ended the season sixth in the Drivers’ Standings on 205 points with nine total podiums.

The latter however will be hoping for more in 2024. Can he achieve that elusive first F1 win, and help McLaren challenge the likes of Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari for the Constructors’ crown?

Norris hungry for more

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The 24-year-old will be the first to test out the MCL38 on-track at the Silverstone Circuit later today. He said on McLaren’s launch press release: “I’m excited to get behind the wheel of the MCL38 and see how it runs. The livery looks great on the new car, so it’s fun to be able to get out on track today.

“I’m looking forward to shaking the car down in Bahrain. I have full confidence in the team that we’ll continue pushing forward off the back of the turnaround last season. However, the true test of our progress is coming up when we put the car through its paces in testing, ahead of then qualifying and racing for the Bahrain Grand Prix.”

Norris gave thanks to all the hard work put in by the personnel on the circuit and back at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey, to get the car ready for the upcoming campaign. He continued: “Over the past few weeks, I’ve been back at the MTC putting a lot of work in on the simulator with my engineering team to ensure that we’re fully prepared ahead of next week.

“Thank you to everyone trackside and at the factory for their work to get us to this point. I’m excited to get to Bahrain and go racing again.”

Teams and fans will get a better idea of Norris and McLaren’s true pace when F1 starts pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit on 21-23 February. This will be followed by the opening race of the season at the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix on 2 March.