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Norris accuses McLaren's lack of rhythm of the deficit with the DRS

McLaren had one of its toughest weekends of the 2022 Formula 1 season at the Belgian Grand Prix, with Lando Norris finishing 12th and Daniel Ricciardo 15th . Both were part of a train of cars that were stuck behind Alex Albon ‘s Williams, which was extremely quick down the straights.

The Briton from the Woking team stressed that the effectiveness of the MCL36’s DRS compared to its rivals was a key factor in Spa-Francorchamps, which made overtaking even more complex: “I think we were one of the fastest in the straights, where we lose a lot is in the DRS, for some reason.

“A lot of cars are better than others, like it goes deep down, and I think we were even quicker than the Red Bulls there,” Norris said. “But then Red Bull opens the DRS and gains about 15 km/h to be in a different league than the rest.”

“So there’s something maybe we’re missing with the DRS, and that means our overtaking opportunities are less than everyone else’s, but down the straight we’ve been one of the quickest of the weekend,” the Englishman continued.

“In the last sector for sure we were, but at top speed, medium speed or high speed, we didn’t have a strong point, we were too far down in all areas,” said the McLaren driver.

Lando Norris admitted that the poor performance in the race in Belgium did not surprise him: “I think it’s what I expected, we knew that the event was going to be much worse this year than the previous ones, simply because the slipstream is worse, but, in addition to That left us behind [Lance Stroll’s] Aston Martin and [Alex Albon’s] Williams.”

“I thought the Aston Martin’s pace was clearly better than ours,” he told Motorsport.com. “The Williams was very quick down the straight, and as I was on the DRS train I couldn’t do much, I think we were where we deserved to be.”

“The gaps between all the cars seemed bigger than normal this weekend. On a longer track, it’s about being efficient, about having as little downforce as possible, but also about having a car that works well in all races. high and low speed corners,” Norris continued. “That’s what we don’t have.”

McLaren struggled last year at Zandvoort, but the Englishman hopes the Dutch Grand Prix will be better for the MCL36 : “The high downforce I hope will get us a little more in line with the pace from Budapest, but never You know, it was our worst track last season.”

“So hopefully that’s not the case, because some of the hiccups that we had in previous years may not be as obvious this one, and we have other issues, we’ll see,” Norris said. “It can’t be much worse than this weekend, I hope.”


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