Lando Norris admits that the Canadian Grand Prix was a "weekend from hell" for McLaren, but he remains hopeful that they can bounce back at the next race on the calendar at Silverstone.
With the rain in qualifying in Montreal, it was the perfect opportunity for both Norris and his teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, to secure some strong grid positions. However, while Ricciardo made his way into Q3 and qualified in 9th, Norris failed to make it out of Q2.
Unfortunately, Norris suffered with a power unit issue that caused him to qualify down in 14th place, and the race on Sunday proved difficult to overtake in, with Safety Cars making things worse.
Coming out at the worst possible times – one of which seeing him forced to double-stack with Ricciardo in the pits – the Safety Cars contributed to his 15th placed finish at the chequered flag.
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Norris explains hopes going forward
Now the hope is that, with a few improvements, McLaren can deliver a car that will see a better result for their home race at Silverstone.
“Montreal was, truth be told, a bit of a weekend from hell for us at McLaren," Norris said in his column in The Telegraph.
"But there is no reason to
believe we cannot turn things around and be a lot more competitive at our home
race at Silverstone next week.
"After all, we went from 15th at the
first race of this season at Bahrain, where we were miles off the pace, to
fifth in Australia two races later, and then a podium finish at Imola.
"Yes, we have been less
competitive at the last two races in Azerbaijan and Canada. But we
know the reasons why, and we are working hard to put things right.”
McLaren have things in the pipeline to help performance
"We have a few things in the pipeline for Silverstone and I cannot wait to get out there, in front of our home fans," Norris continued.
"Just the drive into Silverstone is like nothing else, all that positive energy, from the marshals on the gates when you first arrive in the morning, to the fans waving union flags or wearing McLaren colours. You feed off the support. It makes a massive difference.
"We will do our utmost to turn around our Canada form. We have a few bits and bobs in the pipeline, the track surface is completely different to Montreal."
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