Norris Raises Concerns Ahead of Canadian GP: Predicts Tight Battle Among Top Teams

As Formula 1 gears up for the Canadian Grand Prix, McLaren’s Lando Norris has voiced concerns about the tight competition expected on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Fresh from his recent successes, including a maiden victory at the Miami GP, Norris cautioned that the race will likely see a close battle among Ferrari, Red Bull, and McLaren, with no clear favorite.

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Ferrari’s Edge?

Speaking to the press, Norris highlighted Ferrari’s recent performance as particularly impressive, noting their strong straight-line speed and overall package. “Ferrari might have the edge here due to their speed and handling,” he suggested. Despite their usual complaints, Norris hinted that Ferrari could be the team to beat if they optimize their setup for the track’s unique demands​ (Total Motorsport)​​ (Sky Sports)​.

A Balanced Battlefield

Norris, however, didn’t rule out McLaren or Red Bull from the competition. “It’s going to be very close,” he remarked. With recent races showing fluctuating performances among the top teams, predicting a clear winner remains challenging. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, known for its mix of high-speed straights and technical sections, could level the playing field​ (PlanetF1)​.

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McLaren’s Mixed Bag

McLaren’s own prospects are a blend of optimism and caution. Norris expressed confidence in the team’s progress but acknowledged that their car still struggles in slow-speed corners—a crucial factor in Montreal’s chicane-heavy layout. “We’ve made strides, but there are still areas where we lag behind,” he admitted, pointing out that McLaren’s improvements might not be enough to dominate​ (Sky Sports)​.

Looking Ahead

As the teams prepare for the Canadian GP, Norris’s insights underscore the unpredictable nature of this year’s championship battles. With Red Bull looking to rebound from recent setbacks and Ferrari eager to capitalize on their momentum, the stage is set for an exciting showdown in Montreal.

Stay tuned as Formula 1 fans worldwide eagerly await what promises to be a thrilling race this weekend.