Piastri will receive Norris’s improvement in his McLaren F1 in Imola

Lando Norris got his first victory in Formula 1 at the 2024 Miami Grand Prix after taking advantage of a Safety Car period to make his only pit stop and overtake Max Verstappen, but, although many thought it was luck, the Briton managed to make room for that restart due to the Dutchman’s damage to the floor of his car. car.

The rhythm of English also suggested that the new MCL38 update package It paid off, as the goal was to reduce the gap with Red Bull. The Woking team opted to give him the complete upgrade, while Oscar Piastri only had a select number of components fitted.

Nevertheless, the Australian showed good speed and, after running second in the first stint, he seemed to be fighting for a position on the podium until he got into a fight with Carlos Sainz in which he ended up damaging his wing. The touch forced him to go into the pits and he finished out of the points, but he evaluated the race positively.

“I think for both of us [pilotos] the car was very strong,” he said. “For Lando [Norris] win the race with your pace and get away from Max [Verstappen] after the safety car comes out is a very, very encouraging sign, so I’m very happy for him and for the whole team, I think we deserve it, our trajectory in the last twelve months was towards that moment.

When asked If his teammate’s victory with the complete update package was a positive sign for him for the futureOscar Piastri responded: “Yes, it’s encouraging on that side and even with the car I had, I think we were very strong too, so I’m very optimistic for Imola.”

Despite his optimism, the Australian insisted that McLaren still has work to be done to understand some of the car’s features: “In those conditions on this track [en Miami]”The pace was unexpected, we don’t fully understand why, we have ups and downs on different days, but the fact that we can win a race with that pace is a very encouraging sign for the rest of the year.”

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