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Lando Norris

Norris cautions against McLaren mistakes

The Briton finished FP2 in second place, and said McLaren were in a good place after Friday’s running.

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Lando Norris says McLaren cannot afford any mistakes during Saturday's running if they want a strong showing at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Norris and teammate Oscar Piastri are coming into the Budapest weekend fresh off their best result of the season at the British Grand Prix, in which Norris finished second and Piastri took fourth – a welcome return to form for McLaren after a difficult start to the season.

Norris finished Friday's only dry practice session in an encouraging second place, and noted that while McLaren had had a positive day, there were still aspects of the Hungaroring that were not ideally suited to the MCL60.

"We still struggle in the slower speed corners," Norris told F1TV.

"If you look at Turns 4, 5, 11, there's still some corners where I think our car gives us that confidence to push and we can gain some lap time.

"But when you look at Turn 1, Turn 12, we still struggle there quite a bit compared to some cars, so we definitely have some more weaknesses here.

"But on the whole, no one looks like they're miles ahead of everyone. I think it looks pretty close, which is going to make [Saturday] not very easy, but should be exciting at the same time."

No room for mistakes

Norris added that the tight confines of the Hungaroring meant that a good grid position was paramount, meaning there would be no margin for error in Qualifying.

"I think we're in a good place," said Norris.

"We're confident the car’s performing well, but if we make one mistake, if a lap gets deleted, it can very easily go from looking good to looking extremely bad on a track which is not easy to overtake on.

"[Saturday] is going to be all about not making mistakes, putting laps together, not getting caught out or getting [stuck in] traffic.

"But I think we've got good enough pace to [put up] a good fight and get into Q3 and go from there."

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