McLaren’s Lando Norris fears the worse is yet to come for his team after a horrendous start to the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The popular team struggled throughout testing and the first race of the calendar, finishing on the back of the grid and outside of points. However, Norris took a positive out of the race as he was able to do a long stint and got to know the car better.

“It was our first race and first time we’ve got to do long-running and for myself and also for Daniel, we’re both in quite a new position there,” he said.

“Of course, I did a bit more like single-lap pace and short running but I personally felt like I learned a lot with how the tires behave and how they degrade off and how you’ve got to treat them. So I think we both learned a lot and a lot of new experiences for both of us.”

The British driver fears the worse is yet to come for McLaren over the next races.

“I still believe some tracks will be better for us,” he said. “I’m hoping this is as bad as it gets. It might not be, but it could be.”

“I think once we figure out what’s going on and what’s wrong then it’s all about implementing it and bringing upgrades and bringing those parts to the car. So I think figuring out, putting things in the wind tunnel, all of that kind of stuff.

“But it could come a third of the way through the season, halfway through the season, three-quarters. I don’t want to believe it’s not going to be at all this season but I have faith in the team that they will be able to do it. They’ve done it over the last few years, they made big steps forward. So we just need to step back and re-look at everything and go again.”

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