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McLaren detail Norris improvements amid strong recovery

McLaren's Lando Norris has enjoyed a strong season as the Woking-based squad has recovered from the back to the front of the Formula 1 field. Team Principal Andrea Stella has offered an insight into Norris' strengths.

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McLaren Team Principal Andreas Stella has described where Lando Norris has recently improved as a driver.

Norris is enjoying a strong Formula 1 campaign with seven podiums to his name as McLaren continues its strong recovery this season.

The Woking-based squad started the year on the back foot but has successfully developed its car throughout the campaign.

It has often been the second fastest car behind Red Bull at recent events, with Norris challenging Max Verstappen for the lead of the race early on last time out in Brazil.

Stella has highlighted that the development of the MCL60 car is playing to Norris' strengths.

Piastri struggles

“We are gradually acknowledging the fact that it looks like together with the Singapore upgrade we have also been able to cash in some improved capability to limit tyre degradation,” Stella told media including RacingNews365.

“We have observed this behaviour for enough races to say it is a consistent pattern. So I think partly this is coming from the car.

“At the same time, I think Lando having a car that allows him to do a little bit more of what he wants. I think he's taking advantage in order to stress tyres tires less

"So I think the main enabler was the development of the car.

“Then as soon as the car allows you to do something [that] the drivers understand how to [do], you get further advantage out of that.”

Norris has more often than not had the measure of team-mate Oscar Piastri during the season, especially in race pace, with Stella believing that Piastri's struggles are nothing out of the ordinary for a driver in their first F1 season.

“I think we see a little bit less of that with Oscar for a couple of reasons,” he said.

“One is that in sprint events with Oscar, this was once again his first long run in a new track as a rookie [in Brazil].

“And when you have so much tyre degradation, it's always tricky to actually manage that.

“Also I think it's part of the race craft, part of the toolbox that you [need to] develop experience.”

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