McLaren still need "improvements everywhere" despite podium finish at Imola
Lando Norris has reiterated his McLaren team still need “improvements everywhere” despite securing their first podium finish of the season at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Having spent almost the entirety of the race in P4, the 22-year-old jumped into the podium places following Charles Leclerc’s late spin and was delighted with the unexpected result.
“Amazing race, amazing weekend to be honest,” Norris said after the race. “I’m happy. The team deserve it. From where we were in race one to now scoring a podium they all deserve it, so top job to the team.
“I think today and this weekend it wasn’t necessarily all about the car. I think a lot of it was the teamwork. The pit-stop was amazing and just how we executed the weekend, which is what gave us this result.
“With the start, the strategy, the qualifying, judging the tyres and all of this stuff, the smaller things you don’t get to see, it’s what got us this podium today so it’s lovely to see.
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— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) April 25, 2022
“I guess fourth would still have been an amazing position, amazing result for us and better than we were expecting coming into the race and into the weekend for sure.”
Despite his excitement, the McLaren driver insisted the team still need to improve and he is looking for everything to be “that next level”.
“We need the improvements everywhere – high speed, medium speed and slow speed, maybe more bias towards the slower to medium speed,” Norris said, as reported by Autosport.
“But as a package, everything needs to be just that next level, you know?
“As we’ve said in the past, the balance has been good. And we are happy with the balance.
“It’s just you do a good lap, you do something that feels good and you are just slow because you go around every corner slower than the others.
“So it’s not easy. You want to focus on everything but over this long season, you have to focus on certain things first.
“We’ve not brought anything big. I know there have been big steps but it’s not like we’ve brought a new floor or new things or whatever. So, just smaller things. But those smaller things seem to be having an effect when you put them all together on a weekend like this.”
Norris was still cautious in his evaluation of the team’s chances though and was unwilling to admit they now had the third fastest car on the grid.
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