Lando Norris Has a Disappointing Simulator Run With 2022 F1 Car – ‘Not as Nice’

Published 10/04/2021, 7:32 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


With the new car regulations coming into force from next season, all the teams on the grid are working flat out in order to build the fastest car.

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And ahead of this year’s British Grand Prix, Formula 1 finally took off the covers from its next-generation car. This was the first time when the full-scale model of the next-gen car was unveiled in front of the fans.

Meanwhile, Lando Norris, who spent some time on the McLaren 2022 car simulator, reveals the next-generation car is not as nice to drive as current machinery.

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What did Lando Norris say?

In order to make a level playing field and to make overtaking much easier, Formula 1 introduced several changes to the next-generation car. The notable example of which includes new aero platform, a big cut in downforce, and wider tires, which will completely change the handling to that of current cars.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Motorsport, Lando Norris said, “It’s a very different car to drive. In a way, not as nice as this season. But I think hopefully that’s the same case with every other team as well.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021. The new 2022 F1 car is unveiled during a promotional photoshoot REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge.

“And we’ll see, there’s no point trying to think it’s amazing or terrible. You just have to do the best job you can and hopefully, next season, we go to the pre-season test with a good car,” added the McLaren driver.

The car we have in the factory, it’s not even a car: Norris

The 23-year-old reveals the only glimpses he had of the next year’s car was at the Silverstone, as McLaren had not gotten as far as manufacturing yet. The Woking-based team are still functioning on the design of the car, which keeps on changing as the teams learn more about the new regulations.

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“The only car we’ve seen is the one at Silverstone. The car we have in the factory, it’s not even a car. It’s a drawing and some paper,” said Norris.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021. McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during qualifying REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge.

“I don’t think we will see it for many more months, maybe not until next year, in a way. We’ve seen some of the drawings and the designs for next season, but every week, it’s something new and something different,” concluded Norris.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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