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Tough Canadian GP showed ‘the car is not good enough’ RaceFans

Lando Norris, McLaren, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2022

Lando Norris said the Canadian Grand Prix was a wake-up call for McLaren that their car is not competitive enough.

Neither McLaren drivers scored after a series of problems over the weekend. Norris was compromised by an engine failure in qualifying and both drivers were delayed by a slow pit stop when McLaren attempted to service both cars in sequence during a Virtual Safety Car period.

Norris’s problems were compounded by a five-second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane. He finished 15th, while teammate Daniel Ricciardo dropped out of points with eight laps to go.

“I think everything just went wrong today,” Norris reflected. “There just weren’t many positives.”

McLaren’s form has been mixed this season. Norris made it to the podium at Imola, but hasn’t finished in the top five since. He said their lack of performance in Canada showed that “the car is not good enough.”

“Sometimes it’s strong,” he continued, “after Friday I was a little bit more optimistic that we could achieve more today.

“But when I was behind the Williams they were so fast, probably the fastest on the straights, and we’re probably the slowest on the straights and then it’s literally impossible to overtake, so there’s nothing we can do.”

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He believes the result shows how far away the pace of McLaren’s car is. “It’s just not everywhere we want it to be. A day like today is probably a good thing because it shows that we are still a long way off and that we need to keep working very hard, keep trying many different things.

“Maybe sometimes things look great, but it’s never quite like real pace. We’re a little bit lucky sometimes and a day like today when it’s just easier and you don’t have luck on your side, let’s see where you actually are.”

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl said Norris’ drive unit suffered a sensor failure on Saturday, but it needs to be repaired so it can be returned to service. The team will investigate the errors that led to the slow pit stops for both drivers.

“I don’t want to go into too much detail because that’s something we need to look at internally, as a team, what happened there,” he said. “It was due to a communication problem within the team and that caused the delay.”

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