McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris has made “the next step,” as the youngster driver had a strong outing on the first Grand Prix of the year.
“I think we have seen all weekend, especially in qualifying and the race, that Lando made the next step,” Seidl said.
“It’s something we ought to expect from a young driver, especially in his first year, to make these steps because that’s how you become a top guy in this sport.
“It was great to see how he pulled it off because it really was a very controlled race from his side.
“He pushed when he had to push and he controlled the race when he was in a position to control it.”
Seidl believes Norris’s progress is partly because of his increased confidence and experience in the sport, with the German agreeing to the words of his driver when he said was “satisfied” in a race where he wasn’t “very good a couple of years ago.”
“If I look at the way he works together with his engineers, how he communicates during a practice session, during qualifying, during the race, under stress, you simply see he was building up the experiences and the confidence over the last two years.
“Now he implements again everything digested over winter and he has learned from himself, and that results in the lap times and the performance in the race.
“I think tire management today, he did a sensational job, he would push when it was needed. He was fully under control and that was obviously great to see,” he explained.
Seidl also said that McLaren’s current third spot in the Constructors’ Championship is an encouraging result as we go towards the full season.
“I’m very happy with what the team pulled off this weekend, because I think the hard work everyone has put in over winter was paying off,” he said.
“The gap for example, to Lewis [Hamilton], was only about 45 seconds I think.
“In a race where these guys at the front were flat out that’s an encouraging sign, because it confirms again we made a good step forward with the car,” he concluded.