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Norris: Ricciardo’s driving style “more suited” to the MCL35M

Norris and Leclerc. Credits: Getty Images

After a solid Bahrain Grand Prix performance, Lando Norris admitted that analyzing data from his new teammate helped him improve his driving style.

Lando Norris managed to cross the finish line in the fourth position last Sunday, putting his MCL35M three places in front of Daniel Ricciardo’s. The Britton is happy with his performance but thinks there are areas to improve in his driving style in order to fit better to his single-seater.

“I felt like I really did a good job so I’m very happy with it. (…) There’s room for improvement from my side, more in understanding how to drive this car,” Norris said.

After the 2021 new aero rules that reduced downforce on all the cars of the Formula One grid, the single-seaters are reacting in a different way compared to last year and Lando Norris admitted that his new Australian teammate already had some of the newly required driving aspects under his belt and that it helped him being confident with the car very quickly.

“How we’ve had to drive the car the last two seasons is kind of going away in a good way. That’s something I need to adjust to a little bit because the car is different this year,” the 21 years-old said.

“Although Daniel is new to the car there are some differences with the car this year and how you have to drive it. (…) At points his driving style is better for it and is more suited for it,” he added.

Nonetheless, Norris once more showed his great learning ability that helped him make himself a place in Formula One so quickly. Indeed, after reviewing some qualifying data, the Britton understood where Daniel Ricciardo was doing better than him and managed to improve his driving style overnight which is extremely impressive considering his little experience in F1.

“I feel like I’ve had to drive too much like the past couple of years. Especially in qualifying that had negative effects and it isn’t as good. (…) I did a good job [in qualifying] but I feel like I’m punishing myself with some of the things I’m doing with the car.” says the McLaren driver.

“After understanding some more I felt like I could already put it into practice [in the race] and I felt like I was gaining in those areas that I was losing out on.”

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