Lando Norris spent two days in the simulator after the Russian Grand Prix to see what could be done better next time. The British driver says he has learned a lot from the analyzes and that the team has also learned how it could be done better: “It is not a guarantee, but hopefully we will do better next time.”
The race weekend in Russia could hardly have been better for Norris, who had just finished second in Monza. Norris surprised on Saturday with the pole position and in the race it seemed for a long time that Norris could immediately take his first Formula 1 victory. With a few laps to go, Lewis Hamilton was close behind the papaya orange McLaren, but the seven-time world champion couldn’t come close to overtake. Then the weather gods decided to throw a spanner in the works for Norris, who drove too long on the slicks and fell back to seventh place. After a lot of trouble, they immediately got to work at McLaren and spent days discussing what could be done better.
“Of course I learned a lot of things: for myself what I could do better next time if we end up in the exact same situation and how I can make better decisions,” Norris told Motorsport. “But also with the team, how we can communicate better. How we can talk so that the team can provide more information to help make those decisions. But it’s very complicated. When you see it on TV it seems simple and also seems like the easiest decision ever. Sometimes it feels like you can make an easy decision, but it really isn’t as simple as it seems. There are many things that need to be done to make a good and right decision.”
To learn from the mistakes, Norris spent no less than two days in the simulator. “We looked back at everything from round one to the end. But of course the last ten laps were the most important. What can I do better to help the team and vice versa? We spent two days in the simulator and one day revised everything with communications as well as the way we talk to each other to make sure we can do better next time. I’m not going to say what I learned, but I learned a lot and the team learned a lot too. It’s not a guarantee, but hopefully we’ll do better next time.”