Another positive F1 test for British teen who excels in wet-weather runs
Rising star Lando Norris completed another extremely positive and competitive F1 test which included the British teenager excelling in challenging wet conditions – McLaren’s Reserve and Test driver coping brilliantly in the difficult conditions at the Hungaroring (31 Jul-1 Aug). It was the first time Lando had driven an F1 car in the wet and marked his fourth McLaren F1 test having driven in the corresponding event last year (2 Aug) then Abu Dhabi (29 Nov) plus Barcelona (15-16 May) earlier this year, bringing his total mileage in a McLaren F1 car up to 1,627-miles.
Norris, who currently lies second in the FIA Formula 2 Championship having already recorded seven podium finishes, completed 180-laps (490-miles) with a fastest lap of 1min 18.472secs (Wednesday afternoon) over the two days at the track near Budapest. Both days were mainly taken up with a set development work plan and in particular an aerodynamic correlation programme. He experienced driving an F1 car in the wet, on intermediates, in the final hour on the opening day. The 18-year-old BRDC SuperStar now takes a well-deserved holiday before reconvening for the 17th and 18th races with Carlin in the F2 series at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (24-26 Aug).
Lando Norris (GB): Born: Bristol, England. Aged 18.
“It was really enjoyable to get back in the car again especially as it was one year ago since I made my [F1] début here. Most of yesterday was really good, a lot of testing, quite a few aero runs but at the same time a good amount of proper runs, so I had a good feeling for the car. Then it rained! It was the first time I’d driven a F1 car in the rain, so it was good to feel the difference from F2 to F1 in those conditions. It was still tricky but I thought it would be a lot harder because of how much more horsepower you have in F1. But at the same time you have a lot more grip than in F2. So it’s just on another level in a similar way to it in the dry. Cornering speeds and braking performance are much better than what you would expect in the rain so I had more confidence than I thought I was going to have. I was a bit nervous before I went out because it got properly wet very quickly. I had a good feeling in the wet but it dried out very quickly. I experienced basically everything on Tuesday weather-wise so that was really positive. We’ve been testing a lot of different parts and getting aero data, getting as much info as possible. There’s not been that much performance testing where I’ve been able to do as quick a lap-time as I would like. These test days are just as important as any other days I’ve ever done. Whether it’s Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, here last year, they’re all important in terms of how I drive on-track, my behaviour off-track, my feedback and how I try and move everything forward.”