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Norris: F1 doesn’t have a front nor midfield anymore

Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 25, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris says the gap between the front-runner teams and the mid field has closed up from last year.

Mercedes dominated the 2020 season, winning all but four races of the shortened 17-race calendar. Lewis Hamilton would go ahead to take his seventh World Championship with teammate Valtteri Bottas behind, making it a Championship 1-2 for the Silver Arrows.

Lando Norris now hopes that his team, along with the mid field, are able to push more on the front runners (Mercedes and Red Bull Racing).

“I’m hoping this year it’s not going to be as much of a midfield, we’re not ‘midfield’ anymore,” Lando said.

“I think towards the end of last season we closed up the gap a little bit. It was still Mercedes winning and Red Bull close behind but there were races where they struggled a bit more.

“Hopefully this year we can take opportunities more to be ahead of one or two of them at least, and be there when it counts, have more races like Austria or Monza, and there can be a surprise winner and hopefully in the end of the day it can be us.

“We’re hoping to be that little bit closer. But I don’t think it’s a front field and a midfield anymore, it’s just two teams who are very quick, we’re chasing, trying to catch up and then it’s basically everyone else. We’ll see on Sunday what the result is,” Norris concluded on the topic.

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