The team have firmly established themselves as the best of the rest, sitting comfortably in P4 in the Constructors’ standings.
“I don’t think we thought we would be as… I don’t think we are still completely the fourth-fastest car, but I think the team are doing a very good job,” said Norris to Motorsportweek.com.
“The pit stops, the starts, all areas that we weren’t so good in last year, they’ve improved a lot for this year, and we’re generally better than a lot of the teams.
“That side has been much stronger, and that has helped us be as good as we are in terms of the Constructors’ and so on, it’s got us a lot of points, so a big thanks to all of the guys for working on those areas. It’s been a big help.”
Despite trailing team-mate Sainz in the standings, Norris has impressed in his rookie season nonetheless, leading the Spaniard in qualifying head-to-head and finishing as high as P6.
“From my side, I didn’t think I’d be as confident as I am now in this part of the season already, or halfway through”, Norris added.
“From how nervous I was at the beginning of the season in Australia, I’m a lot more confident, a lot more knowledgeable I think, with what I need to do and not do and so on with what I need to do and not do and so on. We’re getting there.”