Norris happy with 90% of his debut F1 season
Lando Norris has said that he is 90% happy with his debut season in Formula 1, but there are a few things he wish he could have done better.
Norris has impressed during his first season in F1 with McLaren, having scored 35 points and achieved a best result of sixth at both the Bahrain and Austrian Grands Prix.
He has been evenly matched with his more experience team-mate, Carlos Sainz Jr, although Sainz has had the upper hand in recent races, and despite having some bad luck recently, such as his botched pit stop in Mexico, Norris is happy with how his season has fared.
“I’m happy with bits of [the season]. There are bits I’m not so happy with.” commented Norris in Thursday’s FIA press conference at Austin.
“I’ve not made any huge mistakes, I’ve not crashed a lot, I’ve not done anything stupid.
“I am happy, I think 90% of the things I’ve done, I think I’ve done them reasonably well.”
Although Norris is happy with how his season has panned out, with the British driver currently sitting 12th in the driver’s standings, he believes there is room for improvement, but that this will come with more experience.
“It’s just the smaller things – you mess up a qualifying lap or you don’t progress enough on how you work on the set-up with the engineers as much as you want.”he added.
“A bit of it comes with experience, but a bit of I don’t think I did a good enough job in.
“I’m happy, it’s been a good year, a very enjoyable year, but I want to make sure I come back next year and already in the next races in slightly stronger form.”
Norris had a strong start to the Mexican Grand Prix but his race fell apart after his team sent him out of his pit box with a loose wheel in the first round of stops.
The 19-year-old stopped the car before leaving the pits and his crew were able to wheel him back to his pit box, but the error cost Norris well over minute and he found himself at the back of the field.
McLaren decided to retire Norris from the race later on and after a difficult weekend, the 19-year-old is hoping he can have a better race at Austin, on one of his favourite circuits.
“I’m looking forward to putting Mexico behind me and focusing on the next race. ” Said Norris.
“COTA is one of my favourite circuits and I’ve been working hard to prepare for the weekend.
“Having taken part in FP1 last year, it’s not a completely new track to me, so I know I’ll be able to hit the ground running on Friday.”