Norris aims for qualifying progress as P3 battle with Ferrari intensifies

Lando Norris, 2021 Imola Grand Prix. Source: McLaren (Twitter:@McLarenF1)

Ferrari has just passed McLaren in the constructor’s championship after a good performance in Baku, a result Lando Norris hopes to be overturned in France especially in qualifying.

McLaren and Ferrari have both had solid starts to the 2021 season, enjoying a string of solid performances, especially for Norris. The Briton nabbed 2 podiums this season at Imola and Monaco. However, a lackluster Baku and solid drives from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz led to Ferrari overtaking Mclaren in the standings.

When asked about his opinion on the strengths of both teams, Norris replied stating that the Maranello outfit is stronger on Saturday, as compared to Sunday when the points are awarded. He also elaborated, emphasizing the need to catch up during qualifying and continuing to push for consistent points on Sunday.

“They’ve been very quick on Saturdays. Charles has been on pole twice, but they’ve always then made more mistakes and struggled more on Sundays, and that’s where we have gained some of it back and we’ve looked a bit stronger.

“We’re trying to continue that, with the points being on Sunday and not Saturday. That’s good for us and coming in our favor, but like a car, they’ve generally been quicker on Saturdays in qualifying,” Norris explained.

In addition, Ferrari’s advantage in slow-speed corners in circuits such as Monaco and Baku has also been pointed out by Norris, who implied that this advantage could be a reason for Ferrari’s recent success. This is evidenced by Leclerc securing pole in both races and a double points finish during the latter.

“Quite simply, slow-speed corners, they’re very competitive, they can be often one of the best cars in slow-speed corners – I think a couple of the tracks lately have suited them.”

“They’re getting better, they’re always making improvements, as are we, and we’re trying to improve in every area,” said Norris regarding this aspect.

Norris goes into Paul Ricard fourth in the driver’s championship, 14 points ahead of Leclerc. The Briton and his team’s performance this weekend could determine how the battle for third in the constructor’s championship plays out. All things considered, this weekend will prove to be an exciting battle in the midfield.

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