Norris ‘couldn’t see’ Ocon during last-lap battle

Sam Cooper
Esteban Ocon leads Lando Norris. Saudi Arabia March 2022

Alpine driver Esteban Ocon leads the McLaren of Lando Norris. Saudi Arabia March 2022

Lando Norris said he “couldn’t see” where Esteban Ocon was due to the new regulations as the two battled late on during the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

While McLaren continue to struggle with Daniel Ricciardo forced to retire late on, Lando Norris had a reason to celebrate as registered his first points of the 2022 season with a seventh-placed finish in Saudi Arabia.

However, it could have been one better for the Brit as he battled Alpine’s Esteban Ocon in the final laps of the race.

The two were side-by-side going into the final corner but Ocon was able to pull away and maintain his lead across the finish line despite Norris using DRS.

After the race, the McLaren driver said he struggled with vision during their battle.

“What also had me over here is because the visibility is so much worse, as soon as I braked, I couldn’t see where Esteban was because you can’t see as far left,” he Norris said to Sky Sports F1.

Norris was referring to the 2022 regulation changes which has impacted the drivers’ vision from the cockpit. With the 18-inch wheels as well as wheel covers, the drivers now have a more limited field of view than they did last year.

Not only can they see less from inside the cockpit but they are also lower to the ground due to changes in the ground-effect aerodynamics.

The issue is a particular problem at Jeddah it seems and there were reports that screens were added to the side of the track to aide the drivers’ visibility through Turns 13, 16 and 19.

Despite not being able to overtake Ocon, Norris said he believes his team can be “satisfied.”

“I think we can be satisfied with P7 and some decent points, that was the aim for today,” he said.


“We would have loved to have got P6, and maybe it was possible, but we’re still happy with P7.

“It’s a real shame about Daniel because we could have had two cars in the points today, which would have been a very satisfying day.

“It’s good to see that there was a bit more pace in the car today, and we can make progress. But we’re still not where we want to be, so we’ll keep pushing.”