It might therefore leave fans thinking that Norris and Piastri would be delighted to get into their cockpit with every passing grand prix.
Yet the Briton has now revealed that he was never quite sure what he was going to contend with as he got behind the wheel.
Norris not comfortable with McLaren
“I’m still not super comfortable every weekend on [thinking], ‘the car is going to do this this weekend and it does that’, half the time it doesn’t,” he told Motorsport.com.
“So then I’m sort of like, ‘Okay, now I need to drive it a bit more like this’ and all of these things.
“Formula 1 I think is often always too shortly judged. If one driver has two good weekends in a row they’re like ‘Oh, he’s back’. But the next weekend then it’s gone again and it’s [the opposite].
“So, I think I’ve always had some good races every now and then, but when I look at it as a season, on ‘out of all of these races’, a lot more consistently I was delivering on the Sunday.
“No matter the conditions, no matter if it was hot or cold or if the car was really quick or struggled a bit more, or if the set-up was where I wanted it or where it wasn’t, if I started at the front or the back – I could always kind of make the most of whatever situation I was in.
“And I think that’s the thing I’ve improved on this year. [It] was being able to adapt even more to all of these different scenarios and different conditions that challenge you.”
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