Formula 1 heads back to Europe this weekend and the familiar setting of Barcelona for the latest edition of the Spanish Grand Prix.
It’s a circuit that the paddock is very familiar with, too, given it’s a circuit where winter testing is held and the fact that it has been on the calendar since the early 90s.
It’s a good chance for teams to see exactly where they are at in comparison to their testing programme back in February, then, and McLaren and Norris will be no different in studying the data a lot this weekend to see where they’ve made progress and where they are still lacking.
So far, it’s been an up and down campaign for the team with good results in Australia and Imola as well as disappointment in Bahrain and Miami, with the latter race seeing Norris crash out after a collision with Pierre Gasly.
Speaking to McLaren’s media team before the race weekend, though, the Briton has said that is all behind him and he’s looking forward to getting back to the business of racing in Spain:
“I’m excited to be heading back to Europe and racing in Barcelona this weekend. I like the circuit in Spain as it has some nice features, a mixture of challenges and speeds, and a great crowd. I’ve put the retirement in Miami behind me and I’m fully focused on the race ahead.
“We got some good running in at the track during February testing so I’m looking forward to adding everything we’ve learned from the season so far to the data we got there previously from the new regulation cars. Miami highlighted that we still have a way to go to get back to consistently fighting at the top but it’s important for us to remain optimistic. The team is working flat out to bring upgrades to the car as we speak, so hopefully that will give us the boost we need as we head into this double-header. Let’s keep at it!”