Method 1 | Norris: Sixth and quickest lap was ‘the very best you would do’

Lando Norris joked after qualifying that he was going to alter quantity to take the 7, as he usually finishes on this place. Sixth within the race as we speak in Abu Dhabi, he nonetheless completed the season in seventh place within the standings.

“Seventh, I hate that quantity, I see it an excessive amount of!” laughs the McLaren F1 driver. “It is an awesome finish to the season for me, for the group, it is sixth place, it isn’t a win or something, however it’s the very best we are able to do. It provides a most power and motivation to the group for subsequent 12 months.”

“We did not end fourth within the constructors’ championship, however Alpine began the season very robust and continued to do an excellent job. Congratulations to them, they did a greater job than us this season, however I am completely satisfied and pleased with the best way we got here again. We want higher outcomes and everyone seems to be engaged on it for subsequent 12 months.”

His 2022 season ends with the quickest lap level, which he hadn’t deliberate to go for initially. The nice type of his MCL36 with the medium tires inspired him to take action, however he virtually misplaced a spot to Esteban Ocon, who was carrying arduous rubber.

“There have been 15 laps to go and I stated to myself that I could not push a lot. I did not need to go for the very best lap however the tires had been in good situation and with little gas the automobile got here to life.”

“I felt good, the hole was created in opposition to Esteban who was on arduous tyres, however my engineer instructed me that some riders had issues with the mediums. And it ended inside a second, a lap extra and he was overtaking me. I paid the value for it however it was good timing.”

A sixth place as “a victory”

Over time, Norris has realized to be pleased with top-10 outcomes, and he believes that sixth place and quickest lap level had been the very best outcomes to come back out on the day.

“One factor you need to study, particularly in F1, is that the alternatives usually are not the identical as in F2. A win for us is sixth place as we speak, and the bonus is the very best lap within the race. Generally , it is the seventh, and it is the very best we are able to do.”

“It is not just like the three groups in entrance of us are shut, they’re properly forward. We took each alternative, like my podium at Imola, I am the one one out of the highest three groups to complete on the rostrum. “

“There are many moments that I am pleased with, I feel I drove higher than subsequent 12 months. It would not essentially present from the surface as a result of I did not battle for podiums, or fourth and fifth locations. like final 12 months.”

“Subsequent season begins on Tuesday” with Piastri

He explains that he had a tough season, particularly when it comes to bodily kind, even when it didn’t have an effect on his efficiency: “Barcelona was most likely my worst weekend. I drove properly, however it’s the worst state I have been in.”

“There have been ups and downs, some moments make me proud, others much less. It was a tough 12 months for everybody, I feel we deserved higher as a result of everybody gave their all, however this will likely be higher subsequent 12 months.”

Any longer, Norris will work with a brand new teammate within the individual of Oscar Piastri. The Brit doesn’t need to be thought-about the chief of the group and prefers to assume that the 2 males will assist one another to advance the group.

“I do not assume there is a must prioritize a frontrunner. I need to assume now we have plan for subsequent 12 months, subsequent season begins on Tuesday with me and Oscar within the automobile. We’re lastly going to have the ability to work collectively, we simply ran into one another a number of occasions.”

“Will probably be new for him and for me, however our group will begin so we are going to work collectively and assist one another, though I do not assume he wants any assist as a result of he’s not in Method 1 by likelihood.”

Vettel taught him to speak about all topics

Norris is concerned with the charity Thoughts, which focuses on psychological well being. The McLaren F1 driver reveals he realized so much from Sebastian Vettel to know the best way to use his standing to assist a trigger, and hopes to take action much more now that the German has retired.

“I feel the essential factor as we speak is that it isn’t simply what you do on the monitor but in addition off it, the affect you possibly can have. I am a bit extra shy than Seb, however I’ll study to talk the reality and my opinions.”

“I assume folks criticize as a result of F1 ought to be a race. However I am fortunate to be racing alongside certainly one of F1’s greats. It is a privilege and I realized from him. “

“And off the monitor as properly, I realized from Seb, I realized to talk up and speak about what I can speak about, primarily about psychological well being, which I did. Thanks Seb for all that.”

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