Lando Norris has explained that a version of F1's 2022-specification car that he tested in the McLaren simulator is "not as nice" to drive as his current challenger.
F1 is preparing for a regulation overhaul next year with cars that will feature a 'ground effect' aerodynamic concept, simpler front/rear wings and new tyres, among a host of other changes, in theory allowing cars to follow much more closely, and promoting wheel-to-wheel racing.
Offering his thoughts on the all-new machinery in an interview with Motorsport.com, following his simulator runs, Norris commented: "It's a very different car to drive. In a way not as nice as this season.
"But I think hopefully that's the same case with every other team as well. And we'll see, there's no point trying to think it's amazing or terrible.
"You just have to do the best job you can and hopefully, next season, we go to the pre-season test with a good car."
F1 presented a full-size car conforming to the new regulations at the British Grand Prix earlier this season, but Norris admitted that McLaren have yet to progress to the manufacturing stage.
"The only car we've seen is the one at Silverstone," added Norris. "The car we have in the factory, it's not even a car. It's a drawing and some paper.
"I don't think we will see it for many more months, maybe not until next year in a way. We've seen some of the drawings and the designs for next season, but every week, it's something new and something different, because there's so many different things with the car.
"But every week it's very easy to make changes and make it quicker and quicker."
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