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McLaren's rise shakes up Formula 1 hierarchy, including Lando Norris

McLaren's resurgence in the Formula 1 circuit has sent shockwaves through the paddock, catching even Lando Norris off guard.

The British driver, had foreseen the end of Red Bull's dominance, but the pace at which McLaren surged ahead has left many reeling.

Norris, along with Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, have already tasted victory this season, igniting speculation of an intense title battle brewing on the horizon.

What's most exciting is McLaren's dramatic turnaround from being fourth in the F1 constructors' standing in 2023 to now challenging the front-runners, with Norris third in the drivers' standings and the team in third position after eight races in the 2024 season so far.

The pivotal moment in McLaren's transformation came at the Miami Grand Prix, where Norris clinched a spectacular win following a significant upgrade.

Reflecting on the team's progress, Norris expressed his surprise at the rapid pace of their advancements.

"I think all year we've been closer, and I said at the beginning of the year that people are going to start to beat Red Bull and catch them," Norris shared with the media.

"Maybe we started to do that earlier than I expected, but the guys have brought some good upgrades to the car."

McLaren's resurgence hasn't been devoid of challenges, however. Norris identified their weakness in slow-speed corners as an area needing improvement, citing Turn 7 at Imola as a prime example.

Despite this, Norris remains optimistic about McLaren's prospects, emphasizing their potential for further development.

"It's still our biggest weakness," Norris admitted. "But as soon as we improve them a little bit more, then I think we can win more races."

As the Formula 1 season progresses, all eyes are on the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix, slated to be the ninth race of the season. Set to unfold on the iconic Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal, the event promises thrills as McLaren aim to maintain their momentum and challenge the established order of Formula 1.

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