Lando Norris believes that McLaren’s turnaround in form this year
was the biggest seen in Formula 1 over the last decade. The
Woking-based squad commenced the campaign competing off the pace
and was subjected to running towards the rear of the field.
However, successful development throughout the term saw it rise up
the pecking order and compete for podium results, ending the year
with nine top-three finishes. Norris commended McLaren’s efforts as
he highlighted that the current regulations in place make it harder
than ever to catch up from a difficult position. “I’m so
emotionally proud of the whole team, that they did such a big
turnaround,” Norris told media including . “It
was one of the biggest turnarounds in probably the last 10 years,
in a period of time when it’s more difficult than ever to turn the
car around because of wind tunnel time and costs and all of these
things. “The beginning was tough because I thought it was going to
be for a whole year. We didn’t know how much we were going to
improve, especially at the very beginning. “We said ‘We’ll be a bit
patient and we know we’ve got some decent things coming’. But in
the past few years, when you’ve had decent things come in, they’ve
not always stood up to be that much of an improvement. “This year
was quite the opposite and turned out to be almost a bigger
improvement than we were expecting. “But it was tough because you
never want to start the season thinking, ‘Wow, 24 races to go and I
can’t even get out of Q1.’” Gains for 2024 McLaren leapt up the
pecking order as the season progressed and ended the year fourth in
the Constructors’ Championship. Having concluded the season in
strong form, Norris is looking to further gains for next year’s
campaign. “For us to do that, [it was] against Mercedes who
dominated Formula 1 a few years ago, against Ferrari who have
always been one of the best teams and to catch up to Red Bull who
have had the most dominant car-team combo almost ever in Formula
1,” he said. “For us to be at some races to close beating them I
think is quite impressive. And a great achievement for everyone in
the team. “I’m proud and I’m very happy because I think we didn’t
expect it to be so good. “We know we can definitely get more out of
it once you have a bit of a winter, so very, very happy with

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