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Norris finds unusual positive for McLaren after difficult race

It was a challenging start to the 2023 F1 season for McLaren in Bahrain, with Lando Norris forced to make numerous pit-stops due to a pneumatic issue with his MCL60.

Lando Norris has jokingly suggested that McLaren can take the positive of gaining plenty of pit-stop practice after his difficult race at the Bahrain Grand Prix. After starting from P11 on the grid, the Briton slipped backwards through the field after a pneumatic issue with his MCL60 forced him to make six visits to the pits during the race. The team opted to retire him from the running in the final laps, meaning that both cars failed to see the chequered flag following Oscar Piastri's earlier DNF. "I think at the start I made up a few positions, and then we just had problems from Turn 1 onwards, basically," Norris told media, including RacingNews365.com . "[There were] pneumatic problems and just various other issues, which just put us out of the race more and more, pitting every 10 laps."

Norris takes positives from pit-stops

Given his frequent trips to the pit lane during the race, Norris commented: "I think the best thing was the mechanics had a lot of pit-stop practice, so that's the biggest positive of today." However, the 23-year-old believes that there were other good aspects of the Grand Prix for McLaren. "I think the pace was actually okayish today as well," he added. "I think we could have scored a point today at least, so [it's] a shame we had the problems that we did."

No reason for McLaren to be downbeat, says Norris

Despite coming away from the weekend with no points, Norris thinks that the squad can feel optimistic going forwards. "it's very important [to keep everybody motivated]," he explained. "It's part of my job, really, I guess more so now than ever. There's no reason why they should be downbeat. "The main thing is we should have scored points. That was our objective today with a car that we know is not that competitive. "The team know that. If we fix the issue, we should be fine."

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