Norris still waiting for his McLaren seat fit

Jon Wilde
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Lando Norris (McLaren)

While Daniel Ricciardo has undergone his McLaren seat fit, Lando Norris has revealed he is still waiting for his.

Despite the Formula 1 regulations for 2021 remaining relatively static compared to 2022, when they will be radically changed, McLaren are making the most drastic modifications to their car of any team.

That is because they are the only constructor changing engine supplier, to Mercedes from Renault, thus the chassis will need to accommodate the new power unit.

For Ricciardo, the McLaren is a different experience to what he is used to anyway, having joined the team this year from Renault.

The Australian underwent his seat fit at McLaren headquarters on Wednesday, spending a day at the Woking base integrating himself into the team.

Norris, who is entering his third season as a McLaren F1 driver, has also been in to take a look at the latest developments – but said his seat fit will not be until next week.

In a team video that showed him checking out some of the showpiece cars on display, including sitting in a McLaren Speedtail which belongs to Zak Brown, the CEO, Norris revealed he would be back at the MTC next week for his seat fit.

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“What’s going on, race car driver in the house…and Lando’s here,” was Brown’s jocular greeting for Norris as the duo met in an office to catch up following the winter break.

The American then asked the 21-year-old driver if he was on site to do a seat fit but Norris replied: “No. I will do, I think, next week.”

McLaren have announced the launch of their MCL35M car for the evening of Monday February 15.

Norris, in the meantime, will continue getting used to having Ricciardo as his new team-mate, following a friendly two years with Carlos Sainz just across from him in the garage.

The Briton said recently: “It’s going to be very good. [Ricciardo] will give a different perspective on a lot of things.

“I’m sure some of his comments will be similar to Carlos, because Carlos also drove the Renault, and probably a lot of characteristics are similar.

“With Daniel, working with Red Bull a bit more and knowing how to win races and how a team wins races and the car he needs for that, I think that’s something Carlos doesn’t have.

“That will be very good for when Daniel comes in, giving those fresh ideas and helping the team move forward. I think it’s very good.”

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