Norris: We're working hard, it's paying off

Norris: We’re working hard, it’s paying off

Norris: We're working hard, it's paying off

Lando Norris delivered his best result of the 2024 Formula 1 season finishing the Chinese Grand Prix second behind Max Verstappen.

Norris, apart from his first lap mistake in the Sprint Race, hade a decent weekend in China, pole for the Sprint, and runner up behind Verstappen in the main race.

For the Grand Prix, he qualified fourth, ahead of teammate Oscar Piastri, but a solid drive saw him make use of a Safety Car and finish a comfortable second, jumping Sergio Perez in the process.

Speaking in McLaren‘s post race report, Norris said: “I am very happy for the whole team today, they deserved it so big thanks to them.

“Our pit stops were solid and the car felt great today. I really wasn’t expecting it to be the kind of race where we would perform like this, but I was comfortable, we could manage the tyres far easier than yesterday and push.

“Good day, good points and another podium – I’m very happy. It’s a pleasant surprise but it shows the team have done a good job. We’re working hard and it’s paying off,” the Briton concluded.

Piastri, in the other car, had a more complicated weekend, and to make his situation worse, he got rear ended by Daniel Ricciardo who was pushed into the back of the #81 McLaren by a clueless Lando Stroll who rammed the Australian out of the race.

A difficult afternoon for Piastri

“It was a difficult afternoon for me,” Piastri said. “I struggled a little bit in the first stint and then, on the Safety Car restart, I got hit from behind which caused a lot of damage and made the second half of the race pretty painful.

“It was good to still score some points and get Lando on the podium, so we come away from China with positives, and now look forward to Miami,” he added.

Andrea Stella summed up McLaren’s weekend in China, a grand prix they expected to struggle with, he said: “We expected this weekend in China to be a case of damage limitation but, in reality, it proved to be our strongest weekend of the season so far.

“Pole Position in the Sprint, a strong qualifying performance ahead of the grand prix and then, today, a podium for Lando – and a podium on merit. It’s a great credit to the hard work put in by the drivers, the team trackside, at the factory and everyone at HPP [Mercedes power unit supplier], and a nice reward for us, our partners and our fans. I’m very happy for everyone involved.

“On Oscar’s side, the damage he received during the race robbed him of downforce and meant it was impossible to fight for higher positions – but he drove really well, adapting to the changed balance of the car, and did a good job to add points to our tally.

“It feels good to have a result like this. A big thank you to everyone involved – now we need to keep improving and working hard to have more days like this. The only way to do that is to improve the car. Bring on Miami,” Stella concluded.