Lando Norris says McLaren seem in a position to beat Ferrari in race trim however aren’t as fast as them in qualifying.
Following their poor 2020 marketing campaign, Ferrari made a big step ahead on the first race of the brand new season, the place they had been the third-quickest group in qualifying. Charles Leclerc’s Q3 lap put him on the second row of the grid.
Nevertheless within the race Norris led the ‘midfield’ group dwelling, taking fourth behind the Mercedes pair and Max Verstappen’s Pink Bull. Norris admitted Ferrari “had been somewhat bit faster” than McLaren in qualifying, however the Mercedes-powered group had the sting in race trim.
“Extra as a result of I overtook Charles 5, six, seven laps into the race relatively than at the beginning,” he defined. “That was as a result of we simply had a greater automobile and a few higher pace.
“So it’s a little bit of each, 50-50 between us. Nevertheless it’s not simple and I need it to be simple. So if we do higher on Saturday, then I’ll be completely satisfied.”
McLaren’s slight drawback in qualifying trim continues a trait of the group’s latest automobiles, mentioned Norris.
“Saturdays are tough for us, I believe, somewhat bit like final yr. We’re possibly somewhat bit extra comfy on Sundays than Saturdays.
“However we’re at race one and it’s Bahrain, a observe usually we do fairly properly at. So we have to be at some totally different tracks somewhat bit extra typically, now we have to see after some extra tracks the place we actually stand.
“Now I can get to the entrance and simply preserve my tyres and every part. But when I needed to race somewhat bit extra, possibly it could have been somewhat bit harder and a distinct story.
“So I don’t need to say something but. I don’t need to say something which isn’t true. However we had a great Sunday, the automobile was good, so I might be constructive about that.”
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