McLaren F1 star Lando Norris expects to have a "tough" Spanish Grand Prix despite his recent form and the upgrades his team have brought for the weekend.
An incident in the first part of qualifying meant that the British driver was forced to use an extra set of soft tyres which in turn comprised his run in Q3. Compounding his woes was the fact that Norris' single run in Q3 was not error-free meaning the McLaren driver now starts ninth on a notoriously difficult circuit to overtake on.
"It's going to be much, much tougher, I think just because the conditions and things played a much bigger part in previous races," Norris told members of the media including RacingNews365.com.
"The tracks have been definitely a bit easier to overtake than here this weekend. We'll still give it our best shot, we'll see what we can do every opportunity we get but it's definitely going to be a tough one and we have to be prepared for that. But we'll keep fighting and see how many places we can make up.
"I think it's just very close and at a track where you need to be maybe like half a second or one second quicker to actually overtake, it makes it to be a very difficult race."
Norris though is hoping he can make the best out of a bad situation hoping that several factors come together as he seeks to make his way up the order.
"We still have some opportunities with the pitstops and the strategy and the start and things like that so we'll see what we can do," Norris concluded.
The McLaren driver has had a stellar season so far though the Spanish Grand Prix might represent his toughest challenge yet.