Lando Norris has demanded McLaren not only make the MCL60 faster than its predecessor, but also improve overall balance and handling. The reason for this is that the Englishman does not want McLaren to run into the same things in 2023 as in previous seasons.
For example, Norris tells the Dutch branch of Motorsport.com that fundamental changes had to be made. “After last year, I certainly insisted on not just building the fastest and best car. If we really want to make big strides, fundamental issues need to be addressed. These are issues that we’ve been dealing with for three or four years, so when I joined McLaren.’
Norris put more pressure on little things last year that came up with every car. ‘This was the case on the last car of the previous generation, but also on the new one. Every time the same things came up that we just didn’t understand. I want to be able to fix these things. I don’t just want a faster car, but also one that drives better in a broader sense and has better balance.’
McLaren must find a connection with top team F1
McLaren finished fifth in the championship last season, having finished third and fourth respectively in the previous two years. Next season, the team from Woking must try to close the gap with the top teams and, above all, finish above Alpine. That should happen with the MCL60, which will be driven this year by Norris and debutant Oscar Piastri.