Lando Norris has loved teasing his McLaren group mate Carlos Sainz about how the Ferrari-bound Spaniard may very well be becoming a member of a slower group subsequent season, however the Briton can also be severe. Norris believes McLaren have an actual likelihood of ending forward of Ferrari within the Formula One constructors’ championship this season. If they do, the 20-year-old Briton has little question about how a lot it might imply for morale.
McLaren are third total after three races whereas Ferrari, final 12 months’s runners-up, are fifth.
“We have an opportunity to beat Ferrari. We have an opportunity to fight them throughout the season,” Norris instructed reporters forward of Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
“I think it would mean a lot to us as a team to take the next step and beat a team that’s been front-running for a few years, for many years, to show the progress we have made.
“It would give us a bit more of that drive to continue on and beat them into the future.”
McLaren are the game’s second most profitable group by way of wins and titles after Ferrari however haven’t received a race since 2012.
They are again on the up, nevertheless, with Norris fourth total after three races and taking his first F1 podium in Austria this month.
“We still have our upgrade to come. Ferrari seem to be in a difficult position at the moment with what they are trying to do and achieve,” stated Norris.
“They had their big upgrades, or a lot of them, for Budapest so it is looking more hopeful than we were expecting because they are performing nowhere near what we are used to.”
Sainz is shifting to Ferrari in 2021 to switch four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel, including spice to the present observe battle.
“There have been jokes made, but nothing which is rubbing it in. I know how karma works and how easily things can go the opposite way,” stated Norris of the banter between him and Sainz.
“I think we’re going to go to some races this season where Ferrari will beat us quite easily and Carlos will be the one saying ‘Look who’s laughing now’.
“I know that Formula One can change and they will probably do a very good job to return back to their normal ways of being very competitive.”