Lando Norris says McLaren has more reasons than ever to be confident



by SEDEDIN DEDOVIC

Lando Norris says McLaren has more reasons than ever to be confident
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McLaren driver Lando Norris is brimming with confidence ahead of the 2024 Formula 1 season, believing the team has the potential to claim its first win since 2022. Norris, who has been with McLaren since his F1 debut in 2019, has established himself as one of the most consistent and talented drivers on the grid.

Despite yet to secure a race win, he has consistently finished in the top ten, including seven podiums in 2023. "I hate being confident or overconfident about things, I'm never that type of person," Norris said in a recent interview.

"But I think it is, because of what we have. A lot more things are in place, of course we have more new guys starting, coming from other teams. But now we are stronger than we have been in the last 10 years, I think we have more things to look forward to next year.

We finally have a proper wind tunnel and a lot of other things that have come together, more than ever."

The new car brought self-confidence

Norris' confidence stems from McLaren's progress over the past few years, particularly in the development of its car.

The team has made significant strides in understanding and optimizing their car's aerodynamics, which is key to generating downforce and achieving competitive lap times. "Things like pacing and tire care, little things that sometimes get overlooked from an outside perspective, but when you're driving you think, 'Damn, if I just had this little thing, I could be more consistent or if we had this I could race better.

', Norris explained. "But we know some of them are coming in the next year and I'm very excited." Although Norris is confident of McLaren's ability to fight for wins, he remains focused on each race at a time. The new Formula 1 season begins on March 2 with the Bahrain Grand Prix, and Norris is eager to get back on track and show McLaren's potential.

"We have to start the season off right," Norris said. "We had a terrible start this year and finished very, very strong. If we can start the season a little bit stronger, I think it could be a great year."

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