Daniel Ricciardo isn’t the only driver having to adapt his driving style to the McLaren MCL35M as Lando Norris is experiencing the same issue.
With two podium visits in the first five races and sitting P3 in the Drivers’ World Championship, you would suspect things were looking very rosy on Norris’ side of the McLaren garage.
However, Norris’ success so far this season has not come as a simple result of picking up where he left off in 2020 and having the same car to work with.
“I can’t just drive it the same way and then just be a better driver,” Norris told reporters in Baku.
“I’ve had to adapt to a lot of different things, and I still can’t necessarily drive it the way that I want to, as a preference from how I drove in Formula 3 and Formula 4 and things like that.
“I can’t drive it the way that I want. So a bit of it is just you have to adapt, and every car in F1 is different and you have to get used to it.”
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) June 3, 2021
F1 TV are offering PlanetF1 readers 10% off their Access and Pro subscriptions! Click here and use the code PLANETF10 at checkout*
*offer expires midnight on Sunday, June 6
He continued: “This year the car is different, and there are different things on the car that you have to drive in a different way.
“I’m still learning a lot now, with every race that we do, about the car. I would say Monaco was my best qualifying that I’ve done, but I made mistakes in previous qualifying and races because of not knowing about the car enough.
“I’m still learning a lot of things and, especially in Bahrain, for example, and in the first couple of races of the season, I was driving it too much like last year’s car and I had to adapt a lot to this year’s car.
“So there are definitely a lot of differences and it’s not been easy-going from last year, the last two years, to this year.”