Norris still unhappy: "With the hard tires it's terrible"
By Tomas Mota 14 August 2020 | 19:31
At McLaren, not everything is going according to plan on the Friday practice sessions of the Grand Prix of Spain. Carlos Sainz still has problems with his car, despite using a new chassis, while Lando Norris complains about the hardest tire compound.
Norris blames the hardest of the three tires this weekend. "I feel I have more grip on rain tires than on these tires", he told Sky Sports. He thinks drivers from other teams feel the same way. "The balance is fine on the softs and mediums, but when you switch to the hard tires it's terrible."
Still, the young Brit thinks of it as of a great Friday, although there is plenty to improve. The Barcelona circuit is tight, making overtaking difficult. So Norris is aiming for a good qualifying session, so that he starts as far ahead as possible. Reaching Q3 will be difficult, he thinks. "But we have a good chance", he concludes.
Sainz not happy with the chassis
The chassis of the home driver, Sainz, was replaced on Thursday due to the high temperatures that he struggled with on his MCL35. However, that did not solve all problems, as it turned out on Friday. "We still see differences between the two cars", says the Spaniard. For example, his car needs more cooling than Norris's. "And that takes away a lot of time in one lap. We have switched everything and the possibilities are starting to run out", he concludes critically. (photo: McLaren F1 Media)
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