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Lando Norris

Norris declares which team he thinks have overtaken McLaren

Ahead of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, Aston Martin are only ninth in the 2022 Constructors' Championship. But Lando Norris says they have made a big step forward and are now quicker than fourth-placed McLaren.

Norris Canada
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Lando Norris believes that Aston Martin look "quite a long way" ahead of his McLaren team after Friday’s running at the Canadian Grand Prix.

After a disappointing start to 2022, Aston Martin are only ninth in the Contstructors' Championship, but the Silverstone outfit brought a major upgrade package to their AMR22 in time for last month's Spanish Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel then scored the team's best result of the season at Baku last time out with sixth place. The German finished FP2 at Montreal in an encouraging fourth spot, and Norris thinks that Aston have turned a corner and currently have the measure of McLaren.

"We made some good improvements, but pace-wise, it's not looking amazing," Norris told Sky Sports F1 after Friday's running at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, in which he finished 12th and eighth in the two sessions respectively.

"Aston are quite a long way ahead of us, but in the last few weeks, they've definitely taken a good step and they look much more competitive now."

"It's tough!" Norris issues assessment of Montreal track

With the previous two races at Montreal having been lost to the pandemic, this is F1's first visit to Canada since 2019, and Norris said the lack of running and the temporary nature of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve have made it more difficult for teams to acclimatise to the track.

"It's not an easy track, with the bumps, with poor grip as well, being a street circuit that I guess never gets used until an F1 race," said Norris.

"It’s tough, but I think we found some smaller things with the car.

"I lost a bit of running in FP1, so started a bit on the back-foot with the long runs, and had to play catch up, but not in a bad place."

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