The world of Formula 1 racing is ever-evolving, and no team knows that better than McLaren. After a challenging stretch over the past five years, things are looking up for the British-based racing outfit. According to their star driver, Lando Norris, a renewed understanding of their car and critical advancements in the team’s infrastructure have set the stage for a promising 2024 season.
Newfound Confidence Ahead of the 2024 Season
During an interview ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix last month, Norris shared his palpable optimism concerning the car he will be piloting next season. "I guess we’ve said it a few times before, I do feel like we are in a better position than before with our understandings, you know, the people we have, our areas of focus,” Norris remarked.
It's a sentiment that comes on the heels of tangible results. "Like the upgrade we brought to Austria is the biggest upgrade McLaren as a team have brought in the last five years,” he continued, emphasizing the extent of progress the team has made recently.
Such advancements aren’t just limited to the car itself. Norris highlighted other key areas where McLaren is investing and improving. The development of a wind tunnel and simulator, as well as structural and personnel additions, speaks volumes about McLaren's commitment to reclaiming its position atop the podium.
Reflecting on the Journey
While Norris acknowledges the recent strides, he is also candid about the challenges faced in the past. Referring to a challenging period around 2012, he pointed out, "And even prior to that, until they had the B-Car...
when they had some other issues and things like that." Such transparency underscores the long journey McLaren has traversed. Yet, the future is what occupies Norris' mind. “It’s the first time we’ve been able to bring an upgrade that’s taken us a big step forward," he proudly proclaimed, instilling hope in fans and competitors alike.
Looking Forward to 2024
Norris' conclusion was steeped in positivity and anticipation for what lies ahead. “Maybe we did a bit more in 2020, but this year we haven’t," he mused, highlighting the team's uneven journey.
However, with a steely determination, he affirmed, "I’m hopeful for 2024”. In the fast-paced world of Formula 1, where fortunes change in the blink of an eye, Lando Norris' confidence in McLaren's prospects is infectious. The upcoming season promises to be an electrifying one for both the team and its supporters.