Norris feels McLaren can come back ‘stronger than ever’

Date published: October 7 2021 - Henry Valantine

Lando Norris smiles on a track walk in Turkey. October 2021.

After the heartbreak of Sochi, Lando Norris has backed himself and his McLaren team to bounce back in style at Istanbul Park this weekend.

Norris said he and the team have made efforts to understand what went wrong for them when he fell agonisingly short of taking his maiden win at Sochi, explaining they have managed to come through the other side feeling “stronger than ever” as a unit.

“I think we’ve still learned an incredible amount, even so late in the season. Even after now three years of Formula 1, there are still so many different scenarios you can encounter which you can’t necessarily just prepare for,” Norris told Formula1.com.

“You can’t just sit down, read the paper and history and go ‘okay, now I know exactly what I need to do’. Sometimes you’ve got to live these moments.

“Of course, you never want it to happen, but sometimes it’s good that it happens because it prepares you for when maybe it’s more important, for when you’re fighting for even more.

“We’ve learned a lot, from the team side and also for myself. Not everything was on the team, not everything was on me. There were shared decisions and over these last few weeks I guess we have learned a lot, and we’ve come to Turkey probably stronger than ever, more prepared than ever, which is always a positive thing.”

McLaren driver Lando Norris is left disappointed after the Russian GP.

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When it came to getting over what happened in Russia, Norris spent his time wisely by keeping himself busy in the lead-up to the Turkish Grand Prix.

Having thoroughly debriefed the race with his team, he has since announced his own go-karting project and appeared on TV to talk about his mental health, alongside designing a T-shirt to raise money for charity along with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

The 21-year-old admitted doing these activities helped him to get over what will have been a difficult time for him.

 

“I guess the first port of call was reviewing the whole weekend of Sochi,” said Norris. “I also spent a lot of time with the team, the team spent a lot of time, and myself, analysing everything to make sure we understood what went wrong, where we made these wrong decisions and what can we just do better next time.

“We did a lot of analysis, so I think we are in a better position for now and for the future. Then to get over my disappointment, I released my go-kart [team], spent a couple of days in Italy, kind of going back to where it all started, in a way…

“Doing all that took my mind off it and I’ve been able to refresh and come back more prepared for this weekend.”