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Lando Norris

Norris confident McLaren can bounce back from disastrous Bahrain

Although it was a poor start to the season for McLaren, Lando Norris thinks the team has yet to show its true pace.

Norris Sargeant Bahrain
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Lando Norris is confident that McLaren can bounce back from their poor start to the Formula 1 season in Bahrain.

The Briton was forced to pit every 10 laps when his car developed a pressure leak leading to an engine pneumatics failure. After six pit stops, the team elected to retire him with two laps left.

Teammate Oscar Piastri also suffered from problems which forced him to retire from his first race after just 12 laps, marking a disastrous start for the team.

Although Norris was hamstrung with problems throughout the race, he still believes there were points on the cards and that it will be achievable in the next few races.

"After they knew I was going to have to box every 10 laps, we knew we were going to be out of the race very quickly, but we still tried to stay in it for as long as possible," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"It's why we only retired with two laps to go. I think we've scored points in the past in Jeddah and there's no reason why we shouldn't have scored [in Bahrain].

"We're optimistic and still believe we can score points with the car we have, which makes us even more optimistic for the later on part of the season."

Norris: McLaren struggling with slow speed

Norris believes the high-speed nature of Jeddah might play into their hands a lot better, compared to some of the slow speed corners at Bahrain.

"I feel like the very slow speed is where we struggle a lot and there's less of that in Jeddah," he added.

"So I say that, but I always seem to be wrong. So it could be the opposite. I mean, it's everywhere: slow, medium-speed, high-speed straights."

After qualifying outside of the top ten, Norris finished P7 in last years Saudi Arabian Grand Prix to collect points for the team.

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