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Since 2012, McLaren had not managed to finish in the top three in the constructors’ standings, a result they managed to reap last season and which gave the Woking team a boost of self-esteem, a motivation that this season has grown again.
A hopeful start
While it is true that the next generation of single-seaters will not have much to do with current cars, arriving with good dynamics at a regulatory change will always be better than arriving with doubts. For that reason, McLaren is feeling quite motivated after seeing how they have narrowed the gap to the best teams.
In statements for Autosport, Lando Norris acknowledged that according to the data collected by the British team, he feels that 2021 has meant a new step forward for them: “We are closer, closer, We are no longer miles from Mercedes and Red Bull compared to last season “.
If already during the first Grand Prix of the season in Bahrain we saw McLaren much closer than expected with respect to the best teams on the grid, the British driver hopes they can get even closer on other types of tracks: “I think we have closed the gap a bit and hopefully in some circuits we will have closed even more“.
Doubts with AlphaTauri
Speaking of the middle zone and analyzing the tough battle they experienced with Ferrari in Sakhir, Lando Norris acknowledged that it is still too early to know where they are, since for example AlphaTauri left many unknowns in Bahrain: “It’s hard to say if we’re the best of the rest right now, I don’t know what AlphaTauri’s rhythm is like, but I definitely think the car is good. “.
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