McLaren Racing’s CEO Zak Brown has attributed Lando Norris’ form to his maturity and confidence on the track.
Norris has managed to find a place on the podium three times this season. However, his latest podium in Austria must have been the most satisfying as he drove a faultless race while also outpacing the reigning world champion, Lewis Hamilton to achieve 3rd place. Brown believes Norris’ form has been very strong and seems to only be getting better.
While speaking with Sky Sports, Brown said: “He’s getting better and better, he’s doing a great job and he’s done a great job ever since he’s joined us.
“Being on the podium for the third time this season was a great feeling. It was a well-deserved result for all the hard work the entire team has put in so far this year and during an intense triple-header.”
Despite the team’s exceptional performance, Brown downplayed the team’s expectations heading into their home Grand Prix.
“Hopefully, we can carry this energy into mine and the team’s home Grand Prix this weekend, although we need to be realistic in what we can achieve as Silverstone is a very different track. That being said, we’ll still be trying our hardest to score as many points as possible.”
Norris has driven his MCL35M through the 9 races this season and has been the most consistent point scorer this season. Brown commended his efforts and was cognizant of Norris’ maturity on track. He stressed how the Briton’s innate maturity has helped him develop his race craft and pace.
“He drives with an immense amount of maturity and has from Day 1.
“If you look at rookies – which he no longer is – they historically make a lot of mistakes, have a lot of crashes. But he’s driven with maturity from Day 1 and been very quick from Day 1, and now he’s developing in areas which we asked him to.
“What I’m seeing is his confidence going from strength to strength, his pace is unbelievable and his racecraft is getting stronger and stronger, it is excellent. I couldn’t be happier with his progress.”