Norris, what a contradiction for him and McLaren: near a negative record

McLaren’s young captain, Lando Norris, is getting close to a feat that drivers don’t like much. It will not be easy to avoid.

After an exciting confrontation, in 2021 with Ferrari, McLaren fans were very disappointed with the performance of the MCL36. The British ground-impact vehicle has proven to be a problem since its first pre-season testing. Expectations were high, also because Team Woking gave up car development at the end of last season, to bet everything on the new rules. The cars with wings were supposed to have rearranged the cards, giving drivers the opportunity to follow the car in front, without disruptions in traditional aerodynamics.

Lando Norris McLaren (Ansa Photo)

The cars had to struggle from wheel to wheel, which meant that the downforce loss was much less. Comments on the track have, in fact, highlighted the limits of the ideas of the FIA ​​and F1 leaders. Without the help of the DRS, single-seat people continue to struggle to outsmart each other, but they are able to stay close to each other. It was a small step, but the dream of the fans was to attend an open tournament for more teams. The desire was to be able to enjoy an unpredictable season on TV, and instead, there was no head-on, like in 2021. The very special thing is that almost all of the teams took very different paths initially at the design level. After the first few weeks, it became clear that Red Bull Racing and Ferrari had guessed the technical project, unlike Mercedes and other Star-powered cars.

Lando Norris, the only driver for the other seven teams, managed to podium once. Courtesy of Charles Leclerc, at Imola, the youngster finished third, behind two RBs. Given the manufacturers’ current standings, it’s clear that McLaren hasn’t done the right math. Last year, Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris managed to double at Monza, while this year the car is struggling to keep up with the Alps for fourth place in the manufacturers. In recent weeks, the Englishman has looked really frustrated, despite being the first player in the standings. Lando, in fact, is seventh, behind the six drivers of the top three teams, but can not satisfy her. He has certainly outdone Daniel Ricciardo, to the point of prompting the summit for an assessment in 2023 perspective on the Australian. In the end, after long distances with the Alpine company, they hired the young Oscar Piestre in his place.

The negative record of Ando Norris

This year, the Englishman has 88 points, but is on his way to beating an unlucky monster like Nico Hulkenberg. The latter is unfortunately known in the ring because he never managed to get on the podium. Fortunately for him, Norris has already managed to overcome 6 podiums, in the 76th GP. After finishing seventh at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Lando beat Romain Grosjean for the most points scored without a F1 race win. The Englishman in his career already has 394 points, three more than Romain Grosjean who won 10 podiums in his career with Lotus between 2012 and 2015. Racing Point.

Hulkenberg, as the reserve driver for Aston Martin, also had the opportunity to test the new ground-impact cars. Nico took over from Sebastian Vettel at the opening Bahrain Grand Prix of the season after the four-time world champion tested positive for COVID-19. He did not move past 17th place. In the next race, in Saudi Arabia, he finished 12th. The German then returned to the cockpit of Aston Martin for Pirelli tests, after the Hungarian Grand Prix, has partnered with Lance Stroll to develop tires for next season. The 1987 class is still one of the best midfield teams, always scoring points on a regular basis in teams of the caliber of Force India, Sauber and Renault.

Ferrari another penalty on the way? Below are the future scenarios for Scuderia. Lando Norris would certainly like to follow in the footsteps of other circus drivers, such as Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen. Last year, the Englishman proved that he has extraordinary talentOr, but we know the car is fundamental to F1. Looking at McLaren’s performance, Lando was able to beat Nico Hulkenberg in 2023. Take a look at this article too: Max Verstappen, the manager emptied the bag: here’s how he wins. The McLaren driver really came close to achieving his first career success at the Russian Grand Prix last season.

The 5 F1 drivers with the most points without a win:

Nico Hulkenberg: 521 points

Lando Norris: 394 points

Romain Grosjean: 391 pounds

Nick Heidfeld: 259 Ponte

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