Norris claimed third place for McLaren on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in April, benefitting from a late error by Charles Leclerc that dropped the Ferrari driver again to sixth place.
Norris mentioned forward of the summer time break that it “blows my mind” McLaren managed to score a podium given its early-season automobile struggles, the group having enduring a sluggish begin in Bahrain.
However Norris ended the 12 months as the one driver not racing for Purple Bull, Ferrari or Mercedes to attain a podium end because the ‘huge three’ groups dominated the primary 12 months below the brand new laws.
Requested by Autosport if it meant something to be the one driver outdoors these groups to attain a podium, Norris replied: “A little bit bit.
“A podium at all times means one thing. It means one thing to me, means one thing to the group. However one is not sufficient.
“One is like, we received fortunate, and all of these items. You wish to really feel such as you should be there each time and we deserved to be there for certain. We weren’t fast sufficient to be there. We have been sort of method forward of the place we should be.
“However yeah, one time is not sufficient for me. It isn’t a ok job by the entire group.”
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36
Photograph by: Carl Bingham / Motorsport Images
Regardless of Norris having fun with a profitable season en path to seventh place within the standings, McLaren slipped to fifth within the constructors’ because it misplaced out to Alpine within the battle for P4.
Norris maintained all through the season that his driving fashion was not well-suited to the McLaren MCL36 automobile, with its weaknesses being extra noticeable on team-mate Daniel Ricciardo’s aspect of the storage. Ricciardo scored simply 37 factors to Norris’s haul of 122.
Norris mentioned McLaren’s automobile points this 12 months aren’t a “new factor” and that the group knew it had endured a “very powerful season.”
He added: “We discovered it troublesome. We have been fairly up and down. We have had a weekend like [Abu Dhabi] the place we have been fast. After which we have been in Brazil, which was one in all our worst weekends of the entire season.
“We have had one of many largest lows, after which possibly among the best highs of the 12 months within the last two weekends.
“So [there is] lots of understanding nonetheless for us, lots of studying. However we have to take a step subsequent 12 months, we have now to take a step.
“And I really feel like everybody’s placing within the effort to take action. Time will inform.”