‘Everyone’s Very Motivated’: Lando Norris Reveals McLaren Working ‘Tirelessly’ for ’21 F1 Season




British driver Lando Norris is quite pumped for the upcoming Formula One season. In a video posted by McLaren, the young driver informed fans just how motivated the team is for this season, and how they’re working hard to fully prepare to give their best on track.

Norris will be looking to build on two very encouraging seasons in F1. He has finished 11th and 9th in his first two seasons, respectively.

He finished outside the points in just four of the 17 races which took place last season. The 21-year-old got his first podium in the season opener in Austria, and then finished third in the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix. 

McLaren is super motivated, says Lando Norris

The Brit first started by saying, “I hope everyone’s doing fine in these times.

“I’m back at work, back at McLaren, back home basically.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

Confirming that their launch will happen soon, he went on to tell the fans what’s in store for the upcoming weeks. Having fired up the MCL35M for the first time, the team are now gearing up for the testing which will take place in Bahrain in the middle of March.

He said, “Seeing some of the boys and girls working away, tirelessly. To get everything ready for the launch, for the test, for the first race.

“Everyone’s very motivated and happy. It’s very nice to see. Very good to be back, to see you all again.”

McLaren’s shift to Mercedes power units for the 2021 season

McLaren will be shifting to Mercedes power units from the 2021 season onwards. They had been using Renault engines for three seasons, a contract which ended last season.

During their stint with Renault, they recovered some of their lost glory that had been destroyed in the previous seasons. 

McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown and Otmar Szafnauer, Team Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Racing Point talk in a press conference during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone/Pool via Getty Images)

They finished sixth in 2018 with 62 points, fourth in 2019 with 145 points, and finally third in 2020 with their highest points haul in the hybrid era, 202 points.

With the integration of the Mercedes engines, they would be thinking of improving on these encouraging performances. Hopefully, this change will see them challenging Red Bull Racing for second in the Constructors Championship.