“We have confidence in ourselves”- Lando Norris claims Ferrari is not a miles better team, as McLaren eye to reduce gap against Mercedes.
For McLaren 2020 season was a blessing, as they finished p3 on the constructors’ table, boosting the team’s morale considering the years before it were tough for the team.
Lando Norris, who will represent McLaren for the third season in a row, pledges to reduce the gap against Red Bull and Mercedes and isn’t afraid of Ferrari’s revival attempt with his former teammate Carlos Sainz joining forces with the Italian outfit.
“For sure, to close the gap to the guys ahead. That’s always the more difficult part of it. It’s not like Ferrari are a miles better team than us. We have confidence in ourselves. We’re still an extremely good team,” he said as per the GPFans.
“We’ve been on the fightback for the past few years, making good improvements, and I think we’ve shown that lately, last year more than ever.”
“I don’t think we can underestimate what we have been able to do in the past and what we can hopefully do in the future, and that doesn’t mean we have to be always looking over our backs at what people can do.”
“I think we can still just look forward to knowing we’re an extremely good team with extremely clever and talented people here at McLaren, and we can just fight our own way back to the front.”
Need to equipped at all frontiers
Norris then explains that McLaren has to fortify themselves at all frontiers, like last season, defeating only Racing Point brought them third, but this year, challenges will be made from all the fronts.
“Racing Mercedes and racing Red Bull, that’s not where we are at the moment,” he continued. “It’s what we’re working towards and what we have been closing in on over the past few years.
“There’s going to be races where they [Ferrari] are quicker than us and hopefully more races where they are slower than us, but it’s not just them, it’s every competitor on the grid which is able to beat us and be competitive against us so we’ll see.”