Brake issues caused ‘frustrating’ day for Norris

Jon Wilde
Lando Norris locks up during official pre-season testing. Bahrain March 2022.

Lando Norris locks up in his McLaren during official pre-season testing. Bahrain March 2022.

Lando Norris revealed brake issues with the MCL36 had curtailed his running on day one of the official pre-season test in Bahrain.

The Briton had not been expecting to spend the whole day in the car, but that became necessary when his McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was feeling unwell and had to sit out the first of three days of testing action in the desert.

But it turned out the Australian did not miss a huge amount because Norris was able to complete only 50 laps across two four-hour sessions, although his best lap time was good enough for sixth place among the 15 drivers that ran.

“I think on the whole, not the day we really wanted,” said Norris during an interview with Formula 1.

“Daniel’s not feeling so well, so I decided to jump in – it was much easier to do it that way. But we had quite a few issues today with the car, so it took quite a long time to figure it out and limited us quite a bit to do the amount of laps we wanted to do.

“A bit frustrating because especially here, being so different to Barcelona, we wanted to try and understand as much as we could with how the car is working here on a much bumpier track, a more difficult track – which I think we still did to a certain extent, we just couldn’t do any of the longer running.

“[We] made the most of it, but definitely some issues which held us back and things we have to fix.”

While Norris was understandably keener to discuss the problems that did not directly relate to the car, he did reveal which technical area had caused most concern.

“We had problems with the brakes today. The exact problem I’m not too sure, but in these temperatures it didn’t allow us to do long runs,” said the Briton.

“It won’t be an easy fix but we’ll see what we can do. Everyone’s working hard to come up with something, so we’ll see. It wasn’t something we could just fix today. We will come up with compromises and things here and there to allow us to do more running, for sure.”


Of the wider issues, he added: “It was quite windy, the cars are still sensitive to the wind – it was good that we found that out because Barcelona wasn’t windy.

“And just the difference in track – it was a lot hotter today than in Barcelona, a lot bumpier and I think all of these things were tricky today.”


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