Lando Norris said after another podium for him and his McLaren that the last part of the race was quite exhausting as he had to defend against Sergio Perez who was visibly faster in his Red Bull. The young McLaren driver finished in the third position at the end of the race due to problems with the two drivers who were in front of him.
Leclerc didn’t even start the race due to a car problem, and Bottas gave up in the box due to problems during a tire change. “It’s an amazing feeling to be here on the podium. While you’re not in this position you can’t even imagine what it’s like.
It was a pretty long race, especially the last part when I had to defend myself against Perez." "We know that it is easier to defend a position here than on some other tracks, but again, when you see it in the rear-view mirrors, every turn is not comfortable for you.
” "In the first stint, we certainly had a better pace and I was able to follow the leading drivers to some extent. We couldn't match the hard tires that way, but overall a good weekend for me. ”
Norris also commented on the standings and said that he was not focused on the current standings but on the progress that McLaren has shown in relation to the fastest teams.
"At the moment, I don't think about the drivers standing, I take it as a kind of 'bonus' Moments like today, like in Imola, are moments when you see how eagerly everyone in the team works from weekend to weekend.
” “The motivation of the team is currently at its peak, and the results are what we all live for. We hope that we will be able to put things in their place so that we can compete with the fastest very soon, ”concluded Norris.
Indeed, Norris has made a big surprise and he could have one of the most successful seasons at this pace. The question is how long he will be able to drive at this level, but really these are good indications for the continuation of the season.
It can be seen that they work hard in the team and that Norris has huge self-confidence considering his age, and it would be great if he could manage to achieve the set goal in the end.