Lando Norris admitted that Ferrari’s strong pace around Monaco did not surprise him, and he also added that he believes Carlos Sainz could potentially win the race on Sunday.

McLaren driver, Lando Norris, concluded FP1 in P7 and FP2 in P6. His performance was not bad, but for sure, it was not close to the one shown by the two Ferraris. Moreover, his teammate did not shine at all, as he closed both sessions in P15.

Despite being almost 0.7 seconds behind Charles Leclerc in FP2, Norris said that the gap to the Italian team was not a shock for him.

“I don’t think the Ferraris are surprising from what we know,” said Norris. “Maybe from a spectator point of view, they don’t get to see everything that we see, all the onboards and the data and stuff. We knew they were going to be very fast.”

Norris also admitted that he talked with Carlos before the Monaco weekend, and he said that the Spaniard could win the Grand Prix this year.

“I texted Carlos before the weekend to say you’re going to be very good this weekend, you’re going to have a chance to win,” chuckled Norris. “It’s expected from us, they are looking strong, which isn’t good for us, but we’re doing the best job we can, and I think where we were today is where we deserve to be.”

McLaren now has to work on Friday to understand where to improve in order to close the gap to Ferrari. Norris will also have time to study all the data and understand how to find more confidence.

“From a performance side of it, I was pretty happy with today, I was comfortable with the car, which is very important around here,” said Norris. “But we also have some things to improve upon… into Saturday to try and gain that little bit more.

“The car’s not super-easy to drive… especially the kind of corners where you don’t want to be going over the limits, so over the hill into Turn 3, the car can get a bit nervous sometimes, and it doesn’t give you the best feeling as a driver,” Norris added.

“[We’re lacking] a bit of the confidence on entries to be able to push on them, which isn’t super, super-important, but in qualifying when you want to push that little bit more, it’s easy to do it over the limit and lose everything.

“It’s okay, it’s not terrible, and other people look like they’re suffering at the same time with those things, so it’s not just us. But if we can improve on those things for [Saturday], then we’re looking good.”

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