Lando Norris, McLaren, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 2022

Norris expects Interlagos ‘not to suit McLaren at all’ RaceFans

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Norris expects Interlagos ‘not to suit McLaren at all’

Lando Norris expects the Interlagos circuit to be unsuitable for McLaren’s car for this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

McLaren are locked in a close battle with Alpine for fourth in the constructors’ championship, with Alpine just seven points clear with two rounds remaining. Although Alpine has beaten Alpine in four of the last five races, Norris does not expect Brazil to be a strong race for the team.

“I wouldn’t say Brazil is going to suit us at all with the balance of the car and our struggles,” Norris said.

“I think even in the last few races we haven’t been the fastest car or fast enough – we just did a better job with strategy and reliability to at least get to the checkered flag.

Red Bull aiming for second place for Perez

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says the world champions’ aim for the end of the season is to secure second place in the Drivers’ Championship for Sergio Perez.

The team have already won both world titles with Max Verstappen successfully defending his Drivers’ Championship and Red Bull winning their first Constructors’ Championship since 2013. Perez is five points ahead of Charles Leclerc in second after Ferrari endured a tough weekend in Mexico out of rhythm. of Red Bull and Mercedes.

“Ferrari looked like they were a little handicapped so I’m not sure we saw their real pace, but I’m sure they’ll come back,” Horner said.

“It was important for Checo to score strong points. That puts him back in second place in the championship, and that’s our goal – that he finishes in that position by the end of Abu Dhabi.

Cost cap should bring fields together – Tost

AlphaTauri team principal Franz Tost believes F1’s budget cap will bring its grid closer together over time.

The sport introduced a budget cap last season, limiting how much teams could spend on various areas. Although the top three teams dominated the 2022 season, Tost is confident the midfielder will catch up as the years go by.

“The new regulations have brought the cars closer together, especially in midfield,” he said.

“I think the gap with the top three teams could also be closed in the next few years when the cost cap gets closer, or helps bring the teams closer together because the top teams can’t spend so much money anymore.”

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