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Norris: We've got our eyes on the prize

Norris: We’ve got our eyes on the prize

Norris: We've got our eyes on the prize

Lando Norris is encouraged by the recent surge in McLaren’s performance and looking forward to fighting at the sharp end of the Formula 1 grid in Barcelona this weekend.

McLaren have been enjoying a decent performance since Miami, when Norris won his first ever career F1 race, and have outscored Red Bull Racing and Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship in the past three races.

But while McLaren’s MCL38 is apparently a handy piece of F1 kit now, the ultimate test will be at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya, a classic track that tests the performance of F1 cars.

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Norris is relishing the pace of his MCL38, and said ahead of this weekend’s Spanish GP: “It’s great to be back in Europe after a successful Canadian GP for us.

“We were close to another win, but I’m happy to get another podium and important points for the team. It’s a great place to be in, fighting for wins, and it makes me really excited for the rest of the season. We know we’ve got a little bit of work to do to ensure we’re winning more regularly, but we’re moving in the right direction,” he added.

Furthermore, the Briton is confident of being a contender in the Spanish GP, he said: “Last week I was back at the MTC to see the team and prepare for Barcelona.

“I always enjoy going to Spain, there’s always a great atmosphere from the fans and it’s an amazing city. The track has its challenges with a real mix of slow and high-speed corners, but I think we’re in a good position to maximise our performance and get the most out of the car.

“We’ve got our eyes on the prize, let’s go!” Norris concluded.

Oscar Piastri has enjoyed success in Barcelona in his junior categories, a fact that give him confidence going into the Spanish GP weekend, especially with the MCL38 at his disposal.

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Piastri said: “Canada was another strong weekend for the team and I was pleased to continue a productive run of results from Imola and Monaco. It’s a nice feeling to be consistently fighting at the front and being in the mix for the big prizes.

“I’ve had some decent performances in Barcelona in the junior categories and the car feels in a good place thanks to all the hard work put in by the whole team. I’m looking forward to touching down in Spain,” the young Aussie concluded.

McLaren team boss Andrea Stella seems quietly confident ahead of the Spanish GP, but remains wary that rivals would not be standing still.

“We now head to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix,” Stella said. “It’s the start of a busy European season with a triple header.

“It’s a lot of work for the drivers and the entire team to keep up the momentum for three races in a row, but we are energised by our recent performance and results.

“While we’re confident that the MCL38 can perform on merit at different types of tracks, the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya will still offer a unique challenge.

“More teams are bringing upgrades, so it’s important for us to keep our focus and make every weekend count,” Stella concluded.

McLaren are third in the 2024 F1 Constructors’ Championship, 40 points behind second-placed Ferrari who in turn are 49 points down on leaders Red Bull Racing.