Feature: Can McLaren keep up with the rise of Lando Norris?

6/28/2022 8:30:00 PM

Lando Norris is a star on the rise but it remains to be seen if his long-term #F1 future is at McLaren.

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Lando Norris is a star on the rise but it remains to be seen if his long-term F1 future is at McLaren.

If the stature of McLaren can't grow with the reputation Lando Norris , will they be able to keep him in the future?

“It’s eighth or ninth, either way around, I don’t really mind,” he told the F1 Nation podcast in the days after the race. “I’m only here to win races and win a Championship. I’m not going to win the Championship this year.Yet if his current trajectory continues, is there a danger that there will come a point – potentially quite soon – when Norris begins to outgrow them?

Ferraricentral to their improvement will be the opening of a new wind tunnelRon Dennis’ belief that a team cannot win the World Championship without a works engine deal in the modern era may have led to McLaren’s disastrous partnership with Honda, but nine seasons into F1’s hybrid era there has been nothing yet to suggest his assessment was incorrect.

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Lando Norris ‘a sponge’ with an ‘enormous talent for learning’ Lando Norris has been praised by his performance engineer Jose Manuel Lopez for the way he soaks up information. Now let’s win a friggen race. Still 0 wins Ah… That well known data storage device… the sponge.

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June 23, 2022 Following his race-ending crash with Pierre Gasly in Miami, Norris’ verdict was that his retirement wasn’t ”the end of the world” on a day he was unlikely to finish any higher than eighth anyway, the implication being that fighting for minor points positions no longer stimulates him.Mark Scott Lando Norris has been praised by his performance engineer Jose Manuel Lopez for the way he soaks up information over the course of a race weekend.Mark Scott Lando Norris has been praised by his performance engineer Jose Manuel Lopez for the way he soaks up information over the course of a race weekend.No penalty for the Mir, cause vs consequence Crash.

Another sign that he sets his sights considerably higher these days came after he was instructed to hold position in ninth, behind team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, in the closing stages of the recent Azerbaijan Grand Prix. “It’s eighth or ninth, either way around, I don’t really mind,” he told the F1 Nation podcast in the days after the race. Norris, though, has still managed to climb onto the podium steps again following a second consecutive P3 finish at and continues to have the beating of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, setting the benchmark at McLaren. “I’m only here to win races and win a Championship. And Norris isn’t just impressing on the track, but away from it, too. I’m not going to win the Championship this year. “Lando in qualifying extracts the best from the car and is a sponge,” Lopez said in an interview with AS. “Instead, it’s just about making sure we can get the most points for the Constructors’ [Championship]. “So it had bigger consequences for Marini than the Quartararo incident had for Aleix, but there was no penalty.

The more we can, the more money we get and the easier it is for the team to spend it on good things. I think that’s exceptional, apart from his pure speed. I think that’s exceptional, apart from his pure speed.” Ever since his grand prix debut in 2019 Norris, a vibrant talent with the natural charm of the boy next door, has been the embodiment of the “young team” Zak Brown and Andreas Seidl are building at McLaren, free from the underachievement of the previous era. Yet if his current trajectory continues, is there a danger that there will come a point – potentially quite soon – when Norris begins to outgrow them? If Norris’ performances, coupled with Ricciardo’s surprise victory at Monza, had many daring to dream that 2021 could be used as a springboard to a 2022 title challenge, this season has shown McLaren still have some way to go before they can again compete for wins on a regular basis. And the former two on this list have also been singled out for praise. Even prior to this season, there was a sense the 2022 regulations had come a little too soon in McLaren’s development for the team to capitalise on F1’s latest rules reset in the same fashion as Ferrari , their closest competitors in 2021. “Magnussen is very good at adapting to any circumstances, he always performed, others need the fastest car and if not they get lost,” he added. McLaren’s revelation last week that the MCL36 car will receive no more major upgrades for the remainder of this season reflects a need to do better in 2023, and central to their improvement will be the opening of a new wind tunnel , ordered by Seidl shortly after his arrival in 2019 and scheduled for completion by the end of this year. ” “With Carlos [Sainz] I was in F3 with him and he is one of those who always digs and wants to know more in search of that extra tenth. “But I think the riders look at what happened with Nakagami, where the consequence was Rins is in hospital with a broken wrist and Bagnaia’s race also ruined.

Although its impact may not be fully apparent on track until 2024, the new wind tunnel will mark a significant milestone in McLaren’s re-emergence, yet the team’s status as Mercedes customers risks preserving their glass ceiling. Ron Dennis’ belief that a team cannot win the World Championship without a works engine deal in the modern era may have led to McLaren’s disastrous partnership with Honda, but nine seasons into F1’s hybrid era there has been nothing yet to suggest his assessment was incorrect. A track walk follows on Thursday, before getting down into the nitty gritty on Friday and beyond. A track walk follows on Thursday, before getting down into the nitty gritty on Friday and beyond. Despite their refusal to sell the team, McLaren’s discussions with Audi – and, according to a report by respected German publication Auto Motor und Sport in April, BMW – within the last 12 months possibly indicates they view their ongoing customer status as a likely limit on their ultimate ambitions. Having signed a contract extension until the end of 2025 as recently as February, Norris is in an ideal position to closely observe and oversee the evolution of McLaren. “I talk to Lando when the car comes back to the garage, we see the data and what we want to do in the next run, or what can be improved. Yet just as there are “mechanisms” in Ricciardo’s contract, according to Brown, that could see him leave McLaren as soon as the end of this season, surely there will be similar performance-related clauses in Norris’ new deal if the team’s growth is stunted. I also pass information to him when he is on track, but in this case through the track engineer, Will [Joseph]. Even if the mistake itself wasn’t that big.

His nationality and his status as a graduate of McLaren’s junior scheme, not to mention his natural touch and feel for a racing car, mean Norris will forever be likened to Lewis Hamilton , who at 37 is entering the final 18 months of his existing Mercedes contract.” Norris currently sits P7 in the Drivers’ Championship with 50 points to his name, 35 clear of Ricciardo who is down in P13. The debate over who will eventually be the one to succeed Hamilton at Mercedes has become one of the most tantalising in sport, and when the time comes it would be no surprise if Norris were near the top of Toto Wolff’s list. In such a scenario it is tempting to imagine Mercedes following a similar route to when they last replaced a retired World Champion in 2016/17 – taking a promising young driver [Valtteri Bottas] from a customer team [Williams] in exchange for a big bag of money and a pat on the head. If last season hinted there is no limit to Norris’ potential, this season has suggested there is one, at least in their current guise, to McLaren’s. They have already achieved a lot together and are a perfect fit in so many ways, but it remains to be seen whether the team can evolve quickly enough to satisfy the ambitions of their little gem over the long term.

Put simply, it is up to McLaren to keep the pace with Lando’s rise. .