“With my old style of driving I was punishing myself”

The first qualifying session of the season was very tense for Lando Norris. The McLaren driver, in fact, was overwhelmed by his teammate closing the session with the fifth time behind the new entry Daniel Ricciardo, but he redeemed himself in the race by placing his MCL35M in fourth position.

Norris’ performance drew praise from McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl, who praised the growth of the Englishman seen in Bahrain.

“It’s something we have to expect from a young driver. Especially in his early career he has to take these steps because that’s how you become a top driver in this sport,” said Seidl.

Norris’ performance in the race came after the Brit studied his new teammate’s data between Saturday and Sunday and then put some of those lessons into practice in racing.

The drivers had to adapt to the new technical regulations foreseen for 2021 cars and Lando understood that he would have to change his old driving style.

“My style penalized me. I managed to do a good lap in qualifying, but I felt like I was punishing myself with some of the choices I was making behind the wheel.”

“After studying I realized that I could modify it already in the race and I immediately gained an advantage in those areas where I was losing.”

Norris said Ricciardo’s data proved useful because he believes the Australian’s natural driving style best suits the updated McLaren.

“Even though Daniel is new there are some differences with this year’s car and how it needs to be driven,” added the Brit. “In some places his driving style is better and is more suited to the MCL35M”.

“The way I have driven the car over the past two seasons has been positive, but now I have to modify it a bit because the car is different this year.”

Finally, Lando said he was pleased with how his race pace has improved since his debut season in 2019, and his performance in Bahrain was a great example.

“There is room for improvement on my part, to better understand how to drive this car,” he said.

“It’s not just about learning from Daniel, because I don’t think that’s the point. I have to focus on myself to improve on the pace, an aspect I was lacking a couple of years ago. On Sunday I had the feeling that I had done a big step forward and I’m happy about it “.

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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The helmet of Lando Norris, McLaren

The helmet of Lando Norris, McLaren

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21 e Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21 e Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Charles LECLERC, SF21 out of the Lando John Norris, Ferrari, McLaren MCL35M

Charles LECLERC, SF21 out of the Lando John Norris, Ferrari, McLaren MCL35M

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Pitboard exhibited for Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M,

Pitboard exhibited for Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M,

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren

Lando Norris, McLaren

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B, while sparks fly

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Nicholas Latifi, Williams FW43B, while sparks fly

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Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, e Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri AT02, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL35M, e Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M

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