Norris says McLaren's pace is "better than anyone apart from the top three"

15-04-2019 10:35 | Updated: 15-04-2019 10:47
by Louis Shaw
F1 News
Norris says McLaren's pace is better than anyone apart from the top three

Lando Norris believes that McLaren had the pace to be the fourth fastest team in China but were not able to show this due to both drivers incident with Daniil Kvyat. Norris was forced to retire and Sainz limped to a finish in 14th place and ultimatley McLaren will be disappointed. 

"Seeing Carlos's pace, as he didn't have that much damage, it looked very good - better than the Renaults, better than pretty much anyone apart from the top three," Norris told Autosport.

"There was a lot of potential, which kind of makes it even worse that we had the result that we did, but we just need to move on to Baku."

"On Friday we were quite reasonable. We just didn't take a step forward on Saturday,"

"Not because we just didn't move forward as a team, I think we did make improvements, but our car package as a whole was limiting us too much and because of that we just couldn't move forward as much as we wanted to.

"It was looking good. That's something we need to remember for the next few races: that possibly our race pace is a little bit better than our qualifying pace."

McLaren have looked very fast in the past few races but have not yet been able to get many solid results. They will hope that this changes in Baku. 

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