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Lando Norris

Why Norris is 'scared' of Belgian GP corner

F1 returns to Spa-Francorchamps this weekend for the last race before the summer break.

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Lando Norris has conceded McLaren's slow-speed weakness has left him "scared" for Turn 1 at the Belgian Grand Prix.

F1 returns to Spa-Francorchamps for the last race before the summer break off the back of a stunning run of form for McLaren since an upgrade was introduced at the Austrian Grand Prix.

The Woking-based outfit has secured podiums at each of the last two races courtesy of Norris, who at both Silverstone and the Hungaroring emerged as runaway championship leader Max Verstappen's nearest challenger.

But the British driver has warned against expecting the MCL60 to be performant at every track on the calendar, citing a long-standing weakness.

We're going to struggle

"We’re just happy with where we are," Norris told media including RacingNews365 when asked if further success could be expected.

"I’m very proud of the team and the progress we made. I think like Zak [Brown, McLaren CEO] said, we weren't expecting… we knew that the upgrade was a step but to be, consistently, three races on the trot in this position, I'll make the most of it because I don’t know how long it's going to last.

"But it's still clear that we’ve got some weaknesses and those weaknesses are going to show in certain places.

"Even in Spa, we're going to struggle in certain places even more, like Turn 1 - I'm already scared of Turn 1.

"There are many other things which are obviously very positive and if we're still here and under a tenth off pole position, I'm happy.

"The team are doing a great job. I'm very proud of the progress we’ve made."

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