Norris preparing for two races per weekend

Jamie Woodhouse
Lando Norris

Lando Norris says intense calendar will push drivers while they get used to driving an F1 car again.

McLaren’s Lando Norris expects there to be two races for each weekend when the 2020 Formula 1 season gets underway.

The opening nine rounds of the season have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are reports circulating that the Austrian Grand Prix will be confirmed as the season-opener on July 5, with another round at the Red Bull Ring to follow on July 12.

If the season is to continue after that then the only options may well be to hold multiple races on each weekend, a possibility which Norris expects to happen and is preparing for.

As quoted by, he said: “It is a long break. It’s going to be longer than our winter break almost in terms of us not being able to drive anything.

“The worst thing is the fact that we didn’t get to drive any car at all. Can’t be an F3 car, F2 car or anything. Everyone is literally stuck at home. The fastest thing we get to drive for real is our road car on the roads, which isn’t very fast. It is weird.

“I don’t know about the IndyCar guys, but for us there’s not going to be a test beforehand. From what I’ve heard so far we’re going straight into the race. The races are likely to be double-headers, two races in a weekend. Everything is going to be a lot more compact, kind of thrown at you a lot more. Usually we have the pre-season and testing to get into everything.

“With IndyCar, I’ve never driven one, but there’s no power steering so physically that’s one of the hardest things. From the F1 stuff, it’s more physical with the neck.

“There’s different things you kind of have to get used to. The neck is one of the hardest things to keep up over the winter. Going into double-headers and so on, long races, those are the things you have to try to keep on top of but are not easy to keep on top of.

“It’s going to be a challenge no matter what, especially with the cars being quicker this year in Formula 1, taking another setup forward. It’s going to be physical, but it is every year, and that’s part of the challenge.”

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