Norris urges McLaren caution over potential Verstappen battle

Lando Norris has warned McLaren that further upgrades are needed to challenge Max Verstappen and Red Bull on a more regular basis.

Norris defeated Verstappen in Miami last time out to take his maiden Grand Prix win, with Verstappen struggling to match the pace of the revamped McLaren after a safety car restart.

McLaren brought its third major upgrade in less than a year to Miami, where the MCL38 proved to be the quickest machine on track day in Florida, raising the team's expectations of regularly winning races and even potentially competing for the championship.

Norris believes the Imola circuit, where he has been on the podium twice, would be a better fit for this package, but he is wary of declaring McLaren right in the battle with Red Bull and Ferrari, which is the second fastest team.

“We're still in third place,” Norris told the media including. Racing News 365 McLaren's place in the standings.

“I think we are better suited to Imola and it could potentially be a bit of an upgrade [more] In addition, overall it was one of the most successful circuits for us as a team and for me as a driver.

“So I would say we've definitely taken a step forward, but from what I know, other teams have had promotions here, so I don't think we're getting ahead of ourselves.”

McLaren needs more

Some described Norris' win in Miami as a lucky win after he was able to complete his pit stop behind the safety car and return to the lead, taking the win by nearly seven seconds over Verstappen in the damaged Red Bull.

Despite the strong performance, Norris still believes work needs to be done on the MCL38 as he fears McLaren “will not be there every weekend”.

He added: “I know that I put good faith in the team and we are confident in our ability to take steps forward, but I made it clear that we will not be there every weekend.”

“I was lucky last weekend, with the safety car and the strategy that worked perfectly, but that's the way races go sometimes.

“Not only was I first because I was fastest at the time, but I was fastest on track and that was the first good sign we got and then it turned into something bigger.

“The whole weekend was turning into something good, and we showed that the car has made some good steps forward, but we need more if we want to challenge Ferrari and Red Bull more consistently.

“The team are doing a great job, they have made some good steps and we have more things to hope for in the future – that's what we need to be there more often.”


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