Lando Norris says his third-place finish and spot on the podium at Imola in April “still blows his mind” given the effectivity of his McLaren automotive this season.
Despite new guidelines in 2022 designed to tighten the pack, McLaren uncover themselves in a battle for fourth inside the Constructors’ Standings and, ahead of the final word 9 races of the season, are 4 components behind Alpine.
But whereas no Alpine drivers have accomplished inside the top-three on race day, Norris secured a formidable third place on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, capitalising on Charles Leclerc’s mistake to face on the podium alongside the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.
It was Norris’ sixth podium of his Formula 1 career and the Brit now admits it was “one of his best podiums” given the effectivity gap between this 12 months’s McLaren and the primary trio of Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes.
“I still don’t know how I got a podium with the car that we had!” Norris knowledgeable Autosport.
“It nonetheless blows my thoughts, contemplating how a lot faster quite a lot of the opposite automobiles had been. Like now, after I consider it, I believe it’s most likely one in every of my finest podiums.
“[In] moist qualifying, it was a fairly superior lap in quali, however once you see the pace of the Alfa Romeo, it was like, half a second a lap faster than me in the race. If we did a race of simply pure tempo, I’d most likely be like fifteenth or one thing! But I completed on the podium.
“It makes it that bit better. It was good to see that we made some improvements, we were going in the right direction, and that always gives you more motivation, more hope, and it’s something you look forward to in the future. That was definitely a good thing, and just good to see that we could turn things around fairly quickly.”
Norris is presently seventh inside the Drivers’ Standings, the ‘best of the rest’ behind the primary six drivers inside the three quickest teams, on 76 components.
But the highly-rated 22-year-old is however to doc a race win in Formula 1 no matter coming shut, most notably in Sochi last 12 months sooner than spinning out in moist conditions.
McLaren recorded a one-two at Monza last 12 months, with Daniel Ricciardo coming residence to win, nonetheless Norris’ teammate place on the employees subsequent season is under danger amid rumours McLaren have a deal lined up for Alpine examine driver Oscar Piastri.