In the round-up: Lando Norris doesn’t expect McLaren to get on terms with F1 pace-setters until after the team’s new wind tunnel is completed.
Norris not expecting title shot this year
Norris, whose four-year deal to drive for McLaren was confirmed yesterday, said it’s impossible to tell at this stage how competitive the team might be this season.
“We have no idea where it’s going to be against any other team,” he said. “There’s literally nothing that can tell us if we’re doing good, if we’re doing bad, apart from gossip and rumours that you might hear between teams or you might hear from interviews or whatever.
“I have strong faith in everyone in McLaren now that they’re working as hard as possible, they’re doing the best job they can to continue this kind of trend we’ve been on, the last few years. Whether that means we jump up a few positions, whether that means we maybe lose a couple of positions, that’s just the way it is. But that doesn’t mean I think anything less of the team or whatever, I’ll still have that faith and confidence.”
Norris believes the team will be better placed to take on the likes of Mercedes and Red Bull later in his new deal with them, after it has completed its wind tunnel upgrade.
“In year two, year three, year four, that’s the higher end and that’s where more opportunities for us as a team to achieve more will be coming.
“I have confidence in the team for this year. Whether or not we will be able to win races or the championship this year, I think, is a very far question, something we just have to wait and see.
“But we still know that without the wind tunnel, without a few things that we have just yet, to be able to beat teams like Mercedes and Red Bull who are performing at such a high level, it’s extremely difficult and almost impossible unless you’re so incredible in every other area that you’re just making up for not having a good enough wind tunnel. And I don’t think we’re at that point just quite yet.”
Crypto.com to sponsor Miami Grand Prix for next nine years
Formula 1 has announced that the promoters of the Miami Grand Prix have committed to a nine-year sponsorship deal with cryptocurrency trading platform Crypto.com.
Crypto.com sponsored F1’s sprint qualifying during the 2021 season, including a prominently branded truck that acted in place of a podium for the top three finishers in sprint qualifying. Six sprint events were originally planned for 2022, but as recently reported F1 is likely to hold just three due to opposition from teams over costs.
The new Miami agreement will feature signage across the circuit and in multiple places around the event site ‘campus,’ including a hospitality terrace and fan zone in the Hard Rock Stadium.
Qualifying crucial in new Formula E format – Di Grassi
After Formula E debuted its new ‘duels’ qualifying format at the Diriyah Eprix, Venturi driver Lucas di Grassi says that it will be more important than ever, going into future rounds.
Formula E heads to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez this Saturday for the third round of the 2022 season. Di Grassi, who won in Maxico in 2017 and 2019 said that since his move to Venturi “we have very strong momentum and in Diriyah, we showed what we are capable of as a team.
“Because the margins between teams are so fine, qualifying will be extremely important this season, and as we saw in the first two races, being consistently fast throughout this stage is crucial,” Di Grassi continued. “I think if we can progress to the duel stages again and reach the semi-finals at least, we should be in a good position to fight for another strong result.”
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