McLaren’s Lando Norris says the weaknesses of its MCL35 are “obvious”
but conceded the team may be behind Racing Point’s ‘pink Mercedes’, in terms of
McLaren comfortably finished fourth in last year’s
Constructors’ Championship, pulling clear of Renault, while Racing Point
Racing Point has caught the eye through this year’s
pre-season campaign, having adopted an all-new design, taking inspiration from
last season’s title-winning Mercedes W10.
On McLaren’s MCL35, Norris said: “I don’t think we know the real potential yet, we have a good
understanding, there is plenty of things we need to work on.
“We have strengths
and weaknesses, but the weaknesses are quite obvious to us so we need to work
on them before Australia, before we can be very confident in ourselves.
“But there are other
things we are confident in, made good progress in over the winter, so I’m
reasonably happy with what I could achieve and from what we could achieve as a
team. It’s just trying to progress.”
When asked about the
order in the midfield group, Norris commented: “I don’t know what the midfield
is anymore, because there’s one pink car which is very fast
“I don’t want to
comment too much. It looks like a Mercedes for sure.
“I don’t know what
the idea and process is behind it and how everything has worked out so no point
me saying anything which is incorrect, but they seem to have done a very good
job, with whatever they have done.
“They are fast and
yeah, I think they have set the pace for the midfield teams last year for just
this pre-season testing, but it doesn’t mean we will go to Australia and they
are going to be amazing.
“So yeah we have work
to do to try and catch up them up a bit, but Australia is a very different