Norris: The race is my biggest weakness

Date published: June 16 2020

Lando Norris

Lando Norris has said he has been working on lots of areas in the extended break to improve his race day performances – something he feels is his “biggest weakness”.

Norris is preparing for his second campaign in Formula 1 with McLaren and finished just outside the top 10 in his debut season, amassing 49 points and securing his best finishes (P6) in Bahrain and Austria.

But the British driver has used the extended off-season to do plenty of simulator work with the team as he wants to become more consistent in races.

“I’m not going to give away my secrets!” Norris told RTL.

“It’s just things like the race, which is probably one of my biggest weaknesses. It’s nothing terrible but it is where everything happens, where you can gain lots of points or lose lots of points.

“And obviously it is also the longest period [of driving] where you can make mistakes. It’s just trying to clean everything up.

“It’s not just one thing [to improve on]. It’s consistency, putting everything together, being smart and clever with the pit stops, the tyre saving and the battery management.

“It’s looking at all these smaller things and putting them all together.”

Norris also feels it will not take very long for drivers to get to full speed again once racing does return in Austria at the start of July.

“The Red Bull Ring is quite a simple track,” he added.

“It will not even take 10 laps, even less, for us to go out, get comfortable with everything, get used to the speed. I think after 3-4 laps we can start pushing and being on the limit and driving almost as fast as we were before the break.”

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