McLaren scored a 1-2 end at Monza, whereas Ferrari picked up 5 podiums and two poles throughout the yr because the struggle for third within the constructors’ went to the ultimate race of the season.
A robust finish to the yr finally gave Ferrari P3 by 47.5 factors within the ultimate standings, however each groups felt the struggle had helped sharpen them for potential future battle additional up the grid.
“I might say it has helped fairly a bit,” mentioned McLaren driver Norris when requested by Autosport about the advantages of the battle in opposition to Ferrari.
“Simply being with that mentality, them protecting us on our toes, protecting us pushing, looking for these smallest bits of lap time.
“It’s simple at instances to get complacent and take your thoughts off of it, particularly if you’re by yourself, the third-quickest automobile with no one forward or behind you.
“There are methods to fall into that entice, so I believe it has been good for us. The identical for them – not a simple yr for them, so I believe it has benefitted each of us.”
Lando Norris, McLaren, offers a thumbs up after securing third on the grid
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Norris mentioned he believed McLaren had loved a “a lot better season” regardless of slipping from third to fourth within the groups’ standings. McLaren scored 275 factors this season, in comparison with 202 in 2020.
“I might say it has been a troublesome season and I nonetheless consider we’ve had a a lot better season than we did final yr,” mentioned Norris.
“We’re nearer to the entrance, and the hole to the remaining can also be a lot larger, aside from Ferrari. It has nonetheless been an excellent season, and never simply when it comes to outcomes and factors, but in addition how we labored collectively as a group and the way we maximised issues.
“I believe we’re in a greater place for subsequent yr when we’re going to race them extra usually and hopefully the fellows on the entrance extra usually too.”
Each McLaren and Ferrari are hoping to reap the benefits of the incoming overhaul of the technical laws in 2022 to take one other step ahead that might enable them to problem the front-running groups.
Ferrari sporting director Laurent Mekies agreed that the struggle with McLaren had helped the group work on its operations and race executions, calling it “our world championship for this yr”.
“We actually centered on how we are able to use this yr to grow to be sharper and to develop as a race group and to develop our instruments and so forth,” Mekies mentioned.
“It’s an excellent group to struggle in opposition to. They’ve had some unbelievable moments, they received Monza, they may have received Sochi. They’re very, very aggressive. They’re additionally in an excellent dynamic themselves.
“So it was problem. And sure, it’s a problem the place it’s good to make fewer errors than them. It’s essential put extra of those small particulars collectively if you wish to beat them.
“It’s finally the identical factor that’s taking place for the highest two positions. It’s the identical dynamic. The factors loss prices you an identical, and subsequently, it was , it’s a good coaching for that for the group.”