Norris aiming to beat a Red Bull or Mercedes qualifying

Date published: July 1 2021 - Finley Crebolder

Lando Norris, McLaren, Sergio Perez, Red Bull

Ahead of the second race in a row in Austria, Lando Norris’s main goal is to beat a Red Bull or Mercedes in qualifying again.

Last time out at the Styrian Grand Prix, the McLaren driver enjoyed an excellent Saturday, going quicker than Sergio Perez to start up in P3 due to Valtteri Bottas’s grid penalty.

Given the superior machinery that the Mexican had, it was thought that it was a poor lap on his part and that the same thing is unlikely to happen again.

Nevertheless, Norris has his sights set on getting ahead of one of the top four cars again.

“The main thing I’m looking forward to is qualifying,” he said in the paddock.

“Trying to do a little better than last time, you know? It’s a cool achievement if we can be ahead of one of the Red Bulls or ahead of a Mercedes, that’s the best thing we can try to do.

“That’s the aim. The race is a bit more difficult because you’re kind of stuck with what you’ve got, you can’t give that little bit more, and being 25 seconds behind P3 and P4 is too much of a gap just to find in pace from one weekend to another.”

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While he couldn’t battle the top teams on race day, things still went well for Norris as he finished in P5 and didn’t face a real challenge from anyone else in the midfield.

With different tyre compounds and Ferrari looking strong, he’s not expecting the same again though.

“I’m not sure it’s going to be as easy, as straightforward,” he added.

“Both Ferraris are extremely fast and I feel like if they qualify a little bit better they can be a lot more of a threat.

“I don’t know how these tyres are going to be. I don’t know if they’re going to help us more or make our car trickier to drive, easier to drive or what.

“If you get to the race and you start on the C5, you’re going to have to do a lot of management and the car’s probably going to be quite tricky to drive.

“We’ll see. I think there are good opportunities here for us again to score some good points but I don’t think it’s going to be quite as easy as last weekend.”

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