Norris: Ferrari making more mistakes than McLaren

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Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc

Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc

Lando Norris says Ferrari have made more mistakes than McLaren so far in 2021, which is why the British team are so close to them.

The two teams have been locked in a battle for P3 in the Constructors’ Championship this season, with the Italian team currently leading by just two points.

On the whole though, they’ve generally had a faster car, especially in qualifying, so really should have a wider margin over their rivals.

The reason they don’t, says Norris, is that they have made more mistakes than his team.

“They are always making improvements, as are we, and we are trying to improve in every area,” he told reporters in France.

“They’ve been very quick on Saturdays. Charles has been on pole twice. But then they have made more mistakes and struggled more on Sundays. That is where we have gained some of it back and looked a bit stronger.

“So trying to continue that with the points being on Sunday and not Saturday, that is good for us and coming into our favour, but as a car they generally have been quick in qualifying on Saturdays.”

Lando Norris Monaco 2021 trophy PA
Lando Norris Monaco 2021 trophy PA

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Another reason McLaren aren’t far off Ferrari is the excellent performances of Norris himself, with him being one of the drivers of the season so far.

In fact, he is the only man on the grid to score points in every race thus far and has finished in the top five in five of the six rounds.

He puts this down to the fact that he been more reserved with his driving at times and thinks it will pay dividends come the end of the season.

“It is good for me and us as a team,” he said.

“Especially from where we are in the constructors’; we are very close with Ferrari, so these kinds of things add up at the end of the season.

“Even if it is one point or two points, it can still make a good difference, so it is good. I’m doing what I can. It depends, sometimes you want to take more risks and go for a better position.

“But also I feel like I have made good decisions to be on the safer side sometimes and not take too many risks.

“Like in Baku, I was down to 12th after lap one and things are not looking so good. But I still ended up fifth. It is good for me and us as a team. And that is what we need to continue.”

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