Lando Norris says the new additions to the calendar make the 2020 season “very exciting” and can’t wait to race on them.
It was recently announced that there will be races at the Nurburgring, Imola and Portimao later in the season. They will serve as replacements for the four in the Americas that have all been cancelled due to COVID-19.
While Norris has never been to the circuit in Portugal, he has raced at the other two, and think they’ll be more than worthy additions to the season.
“Imola and Nurburgring are two amazing tracks,” he told RaceFans.net.
“Nurburgring is one that I love. I remember watching F1 back in 2007, maybe a little bit later. It’s just a really cool track which I’ve enjoyed driving in in several different categories.
“Imola I did in Italian Formula 4 so one that’s quite famous and I remember watching F1 there too.”
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The McLaren driver has also driven at Mugello, the other new Grand Prix of the year. While it’s another one he likes, he admits the racing may not be the best there.
“Mugello I raced in Italian Formula 4 back in 2015. It was really cool,” he added.
It’s very high speed, medium to high-speed corners. No real tight chicanes. So I think it will be one of the tracks almost like Austria in some ways, without the big braking zones on top of it, a lot of these high speed, medium-speed corners.
“It may not be the best for racing. I don’t know if you’ll probably see any overtakes between turn one and the last corner. So I think it’s almost going to be Hungary-esque in some ways.
“But at the same time, it’s an awesome track so qualifying, I think, will be incredible.”
Despite this, he’s confident that Mugello and all the other will make the season more exciting for the spectators and more challenging for the teams and drivers.
“I think any new track, any track that you just haven’t been to for a while or it’s new to the category that you’re in is exciting.
“It’s just something different from the norm. Everyone [doesn’t] go there knowing exactly what to do set-up-wise and it puts you in a slightly more vulnerable position for every team. So it’s kind of more challenging and I think that that’s very exciting.”