Lando Norris admits that he "hates" driving the newer breed of F1 car in comparison to the previous era. With a raft of new technical regulations introduced into the sport for the 2022 season, the cars feature a range of different characteristics in line with the design now being more towards a ground effect. Several drivers have given their opinion on how the newer challengers feel to drive, with Esteban Ocon suggesting that the latest model is "not as fun" to race as its predecessors , a view that Norris is in agreement with.
Norris: New F1 cars not as enjoyable to drive
"I hate driving the cars compared to last year," Norris told media, including RacingNews365.com , in the latter stages of the 2022 F1 season. "They're a different challenge. I wouldn't say they're as enjoyable as previous years' cars, just in terms of how comfortable they are and how much you can play around with hitting the kerbs and lines and stuff like that. You're a bit more limited now. "Even with set-up, you're a bit more limited. Generally, for us, it's just [a case of] go as low as you can and as stiff as you can, and then you go a bit softer if it's too stiff. "That's basically how it goes every single weekend whereas, in previous years, there was always a lot more to adjust and to try, and you always ended up with different weekends with different solutions. "This year, not so much. There's less playing around with actual car set-up, in a way. There [are] just bigger challenges of trying to achieve that one good set-up."
Norris reflects on future of F1 cars
When asked if he believes that things will improve in the coming years, Norris explained: "I don't know, unless there's big changes. I don't know what changes they have in place. "If anything, it's only ever going to get worse because, the more downforce you put on the car, the worse it's going to get. I think, I don't know, but I expect the more [the] cars change and improve, the more downforce you have, the worse [the] following [on track] is going to be. "I think that's kind of how it works, anyway, unless there's further implements and changes that the FIA bring in to stop certain changes, which caused a lot of the dirty air."