Norris: Fighting at the front now business-as-usual

Norris: Fighting at the front now business-as-usual

Norris: Fighting at the front now business-as-usual

Lando Norris, after another consecutive strong Formula 1 weekend, claims that fighting at the front of the grid should be business as usual for McLaren.

Norris may have not won the 2024 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, but he definitely gave Max Verstappen a run for his money, the latter barely holding on to first, after a thrilling late-race tussle between two great F1 talents.

The way Norris chased the Dutchman down, and the way the latter kept his composure under extreme pressure, showed how great their talents are, which bodes well for future grands prix in terms of competition, especially if Oscar Piastri joins the fight, not to mention the Ferraris.

In McLaren’s race report, Norris said: “Another great weekend for the team. I fought hard right until the very last lap but we just lost out a little bit too much to Max in the beginning.

“One or two more laps and it would have been beautiful – but just wasn’t meant to be today,” he lamented.

However, the Briton was buoyant by McLaren’s Imola form, which confirmed that his win in the Miami GP was no fluke.

He added: “We’ve been competitive all weekend and I think we’re at the point where we’re able to fight Ferrari and Red Bull consistently.

“We must get used to that – the team is doing a very good job so it’s great that fighting at the front is now business-as-usual. We just need to keep focused on improving.

“It’s still a surprise to say it’s frustrating to not win, but after last weekend and the improvements we made, it’s what we should start to expect,” Norris concluded.

Piastri happy with his performance

Piastri started the race on the back foot the three-place grid penalty from qualifying meaning he started from fifth and not second – where he qualified.

He commented: “P4, a good day and I think that’s the most we could have done. I just got stuck behind Sainz for the first stint but the team made a great strategy call and we managed to overtake by pitting.

“This weekend proves how far the team have come and we’re confident we can keep taking the fight to the front. However today, track position was so important, so I am happy with our work,” he pointed out.

Speaking on Sky Sports F1, the young Australian insisted his time will come in F1, he said: “The last two weekends have been really good as a team but also for me personally they have been strong as well.

“I have been happy with how I’ve been performing,” he admitted. “Of course, I want to get some better results for that but I’m sure if I keep doing the right thing, that time will come.

“It’s exciting to be genuinely able to say we can fight for wins,” Piastri concluded.

McLaren leave Imola still third in the 2024 F1 Constructors’ Championship. Norris is fourth in the Drivers’ Standings just six points behind Sergio Perez in third. Piastri is sixth with 53 points.