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For Once McLaren Are Starting an F1 Season “A Lot More Prepared” says Norris

“I think the issues we’ve had over the last few years were just lack of preparation and knowledge of certain things,” Norris said. ...

McLaren haven’t had a strong to start to a Formula 1 season since 2019. This trend has seen McLaren improve their car and standings over a season, but rarely being able challenge the top three teams. Norris has spoken previously of this weakness from the team but has entered 2024 with optimism after positive pre-season tests.

Pre-season tests for McLaren in 2022 and 2023 were… difficult, to say the least. It’s meant that McLaren haven’t scored points in the opening race for two years now. 2024 has proven to be much stronger with McLaren having been able to cover 1,775km over the three days, far more than previous years.

“I think the issues we’ve had over the last few years were just lack of preparation and knowledge of certain things,” Norris said. “This year I think we’ve been definitely a lot more prepared in every area, so I’m happy about that.”

It wasn’t a flawless test, but the problems Norris and the team encountered were not major concerns.

“The team have done an excellent job to get everything ready and not have any faults like that,” Norris explained. “Various other things have happened – I mean, it’s good that they’ve happened now and we can prepare for them a bit more for the future. But not through a lack of preparation or knowledge. Just some little things here and there. So it’s unfortunate, but I think the whole outlook from the team is in a much, much better position.

“We’ve come in a bit more attacking with various things rather than ‘not sure if this is going to be ready.’ We don’t think we’ve maximised this area or that area – I think we’ve come in with much more knowledge and expertise and just a much better car to start a season off with.”

McLaren’s development has eclipsed most of the grid, but it remains to be seen if that development has flowed into 2024 and ends the McLaren opening curse.

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