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This season, McLaren has been the sixth fastest vehicle on average, placing them behind the majority of the field. This computation is based on an average deficit to the front, measured by a single lap pace. For the Woking-based team, which previously had a nightmare in Miami, Spain, provided another horror. The team lost ground in Barcelona and was ultimately the eighth-best car, barely outperforming the downforce-weak Williams and Haas, who were having their own struggles with tire wear. Lando Norris has nevertheless his sights set on redemption after the tragic weekend.

Many teams were ready to test their improvements on what would be an entirely “aerodynamic circuit” in Spain after the challenging turns of Monte Carlo, including McLaren, which had an awful beginning to the current season. Lando Norris earned a P3 in the team’s thrilling qualifying on Saturday, but the Briton faced another nightmare on Sunday. In his own words, the 23-year-old admitted that the MCL 60 was “slow” and that, even if he hadn’t run into Hamilton at Turn 2, he would have finished far behind.

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Following round seven and a heartbreak, team McLaren will now go to Canada. Norris thinks that points are on their way in the Canadian GP despite finishing on P17 at the Barcelona track. As per the checkeredflag.co.uk Norris said while warning the F1 rivals, “I’m looking forward to getting back racing in Canada. Spain was a tough race but there was a lot to take away for both me and the team including the positive of Saturday’s P3 in Quali.”

He added, “With a week off from racing following a double-header, I’ve been back at the MTC with my engineers in preparation for this weekend. Circuit Gilles-Villenueve can be challenging with its heavy-braking chicanes, but it can also be a lot of fun to race. I’m excited for it, and hopefully we can score some points.”

Norris is now in P11 with just 12 points. And for F1 fans, it’s not an unpleasant sight to witness a driver of this caliber struggling. In order to help the 23-year-old, the spectators requested Norris to seek counsel from his best friend about how to make a comeback.

Lando Norris seeks advice from his “best friend” on how to make a comeback in the midst of persistent difficulties

With his demeanor, Lando Norris can easily win over new friends both on and off the track. However, Max Verstappen, a two-time champion in Formula 1, became his greatest buddy thanks to his magnetism. Both Motorists are devoted enthusiast of sim racing and can frequently be seen broadcasting on their Twitch account.

As we are well aware, Norris has had a rough time in the current campaign, so during one of his live streams, Mr. Norris sought advice from Max Verstappen on how to win a race. The plot thickens as Norris’ followers inquire about specific instructions on how to win a race from last place, given that the double champion came close to winning a race this season in Saudi Arabia after starting from P15 and earning a P2.

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Later, Max Verstappen responded in a humorous way when Norris posed the query. Verstappen initially responded, as seen in a clip on SF1 UHI, by saying Turn off your computer and go watch some series. This made the British driver burst into laughter. Later Verstappen added, ” Alright, so don’t brake into turn one. Basically, take everyone out. Then I would do one lap in reverse. From there onwards, I would just fully send it into the pit-wall.”

The suggestion certainly seems to be a horrible one as Max Verstappen was purely having fun with his best Friend.

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