Lando Norris has claimed that it is 'doable' for McLaren to catch Ferrari in the constructors' championship, after the Formula 1 star warned their rivals over Fernando Alonso's recent 'overconfident' remarks.
"It’s doable," Norris said when asked if McLaren could catch Ferrari. "A couple of races ago it was, 70-something [points] to Aston. I don't know what it is now? 17?
"I mean, Fernando said we were overconfident as well! I think we're just doing a good job, not just in terms of pace but today we had a 1.8 second pit stop which is pretty impressive from the guys.
"They've been working extremely hard so to reward the whole team consistently is only more motivating and a bigger boost every weekend. They like the taste of success.
"It's the first time they're getting it consistently and I think that only makes them want it more and more and more every weekend that we're doing so the guys are doing a great job.
"I think we’re [Norris and Piastri] both doing a decent job too, so we'll keep it up."
"We know that Mercedes are very quick, probably as almost as quick as us today [in Qatar], just they keep making mistakes.
"So I'm sure if they have a clean weekend they will maybe make our life a bit more tricky and therefore I'm not as confident in saying it [that McLaren can catch Mercedes].
"But like I was comparing to Ferrari, it was only three weekends ago that Ferrari were close to… were on pole and almost winning races and nothing has really changed, it's just a different track.
"We're looking better, they’re looking a bit worse. I think we're definitely not overconfident. We're confident, I think we need to be, but we know there's still going to be some races where we're not going to be quite as strong."
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