Norris reveals his ‘strong’ to-do list for 2020

Date published: January 9 2020

Zak Brown knew Lando Norris was ready to drive for McLaren after his first FP1 session.

Lando Norris has revealed the areas he is working on over winter in order to come back a more improved driver for the 2020 season.

Norris more than played his part in contributing to what was a very strong rookie line-up with Alex Albon and George Russell also impressing throughout the 2019 season.

Norris has been a breath of fresh air to Formula 1, but he feels that he was a bit too jokey at times during his first year at the highest level of motorsport.

On top of that, the Brit also has a list of areas where we wants to improve ahead of the new campaign and one of his main priorities is to increase his depth of knowledge about his McLaren car.

“There is a general few things that are repetitive on some weekends, when we get to qualifying, how Carlos finds his time and how good he is at adapting to track conditions and everything. Things like that,” Norris told Autosport.

“One of the biggest things I’ll be working on this winter is my knowledge of the car. How it works, not just how to drive it faster around corners or brake later or whatever.

“The set-up and everything like that. How to improve more as a package and [get] the car [to] work better for me, and me work better with the car.

“But then there’s some things in driving as well that I know I need to improve and every weekend it’s kind of similar things – I get a little bit better at but not enough.

“So when it comes to next season I [need to] put it together again, same as other things.

“I’m able to use those different techniques in different corners and different tracks.

“Some things are repetitive, some things are just more about knowledge and a bit of everything. I think I have a strong list of what I need to work on.”

Although there is room for improvement in Norris’ eyes, he is still content with what he was able to achieve in his first Formula 1 season.

“I’m happy with the progress I’ve made, the progress we made, my engineers, the team I work with, and I think it’s put us in a much better position for next year,” Norris added.

“It’s not like we’re only ever focusing on driving, it’s been a lot of the off-track stuff away from the track as well.

“We’ve been trying to keep on top of things and improve at the same time.

“Formula 1 isn’t just a game of who can drive the best, there’s a whole package you need.

“Some of the time it’s just been focusing on all these different areas.

“I had up and down races and everything [in 2019] but hopefully being able to put everything together for when it’s going to count even more.”

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