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Lando Norris

Norris claims mistakes forced by McLaren issues

McLaren has begun the Spanish Grand Prix weekend off the pace with neither driver in the top 10 at the end of Friday practice.

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Lando Norris has suggested McLaren's struggles are forcing him into driving errors after another difficult Friday at the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Briton finished only 14th fastest after the opening two sessions of the weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as the Woking-based team seemingly took a step in the wrong direction.

McLaren's pace confirmed Norris' fears post-Monaco that the team was behind 'six-or-seven' rivals in the pecking order.

"Tough, it has been a tough day - one of our trickier Fridays in terms of pace and set-up," said Norris.

"We struggled with a few different things in FP1, some of which we improved a bit and some I am still struggling with, in terms of the handling and putting it all together, making too many mistakes because of how I feel I have to drive the car at the minute.

"The pace can be there-ish, probably towards the back end of it."

No answer over final corner change

The layout of the final sector has been reverted to its pre-2007 look with the final chicane replaced by the old high-speed double right-hander to finish the lap.

Asked if he believes racing will be improved by the alteration, Norris replied: "We will find out in the race on Sunday.

"I did some following - sometimes it feels a bit better, it can be easy to make a mistake in the final corner, but other times it felt a bit worse.

"I don't have an answer yet."

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