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Lando Norris

Why Norris isn't getting carried away with Silverstone result

McLaren may find it difficult to replicate their Silverstone form at the next two races in Hungary and the Netherlands, according to Lando Norris.

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Lando Norris has cautioned against the likelihood of replicating his British Grand Prix performance in the next two races of 2023.

A raft of updates has helped transform the previously recalcitrant McLaren MCL60, allowing Norris to finish fourth in Austria before taking second place in last weekend's Silverstone event.

With McLaren firmly the second-fastest car behind Red Bull at Silverstone, much talk after the race centred on whether the Woking outfit would be able to maintain this level of performance.

However, Norris noted that the MCL60 was suited perfectly to the fast sweeps of the Silverstone circuit, and cautioned that the team may not be so competitive at the following races in Hungary and Zandvoort, both of which feature several low-speed corners on which the McLaren is less effective.

"We're very, very competitive in high-speed [corners]," Norris told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"We're almost on par with what Red Bull could achieve, and actually, I would say, towards the medium-speed corners like Turn 15, Stowe, I would say we're close to being the best car on the grid.

"Super, super high-speed like Turn 9, maybe not quite so much, but when we come to the race, we definitely maintain our performance when others seem to take a bit of a hit.

"But we do have a poor car, I would say, pretty terrible in the slow-speed corners, extremely difficult to drive.

"We're going to go to a couple of tracks where I'm sure people are going to be saying 'what have you done now? How has it got so bad all of a sudden?'"

Norris not getting 'too excited'

Norris added that while McLaren's updates have helped the team vault up the order, there was still plenty of room for improvement with the MCL60.

"A lot of it is track-specific," said Norris of McLaren's improved Silverstone showing.

"I don't want to get too excited. Good things have come from the upgrade, but there's still plenty of things which are miles away from competing in certain places with Mercedes, and as a whole package competing even with a Red Bull.

"A lot more work to be done from both of those areas."

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