McLaren replaced Ferrari in the top-3 position last season with the help of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz. The Briton’s 2020 teammate has now moved on to McLaren’s rival team- Ferrari. Some in the F1 community believe that Sainz has moved up to a better team.
However, Norris does not think so. During the Woking team’s presentation, the Briton analyzed whether Ferrari can take back the top-three position from McLaren.
“It’s not that Ferrari is a much better team than we [they are]. We have great self-confidence in us, we’re still a very good team. Ferrari is Ferrari. They are extremely competitive and have shown that throughout their time in Formula 1.”
“It’s not just about [Ferrari]. We can’t just worry about Ferrari. It’s about every competitor on the grid who can beat us,” he said.
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Lando Norris reiterates the McLaren goal
The British team has had a positive run of performances over the last two years. Last season they claimed their best finish since 2012. Norris lays out McLaren’s aim and is optimistic about the team’s future.
“We must not underestimate what we have achieved in the past and what we can hopefully do in the future. That is our goal and we have come closer and closer to it in recent years. But it takes a lot of hard work and time. It will continue this year,” he said.
The Woking outfit stole the P3 position from Racing Point at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. This season, they have to battle it out with Alpine F1 and Aston Martin also, who have signed former champions in their driving lineup.
McLaren has signed Daniel Ricciardo, a proven race winner in hopes to get on top of the podium more often. The team is working towards closing the gap with Red Bull and Mercedes and continue climbing the championship standing in the coming seasons.
Do you believe McLaren will once again reach the top of the championship standing?