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Lando Norris explains where Mercedes have the ‘best car’ despite struggles

McLaren driver Lando Norris has explained where Mercedes have the 'best car' on the grid despite the team's ongoing struggles in the 2022 season.

The eight-time consecutive constructor's champions have been unable to keep pace with rivals Red Bull and Ferrari this season, with Mercedes encountering numerous 'porpoising' issues since the recent round of regulation changes.

Lewis Hamilton has particularly struggled, finishing behind teammate George Russell in each of the last four races, with both drivers being critical of the vehicle they've been given and pushing for improvements – with an upgrade package set to be introduced for the upcoming Barcelona Grand Prix.

However, amid all those issues, Norris has declared that Mercedes have one of the 'best cars on the grid' when it comes to mastering low-speed corners when speaking after the Miami Grand Prix.

"This track has a lot of slow-speed corners, and Mercedes have been one of the best cars on the grid in slow-speed since day one. I guess they just figured out a bit more this weekend and maximised their car's potential a bit more, so I'm not surprised," he told RacingNews365.

"It's been the same in Formula 1 for years; some weekends, your car suits one track and the other time it suits another car."

McLaren have also had an inconsistent season so far, with the Miami weekend seeing Norris retire following a collision with Pierre Gasly and Daniel Ricciardo coming in 13th to finish outside of the points, which makes it difficult to predict the team's fortunes in Barcelona.

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"From [the] Barcelona pre-season tests, I want to say it's a bit more hopeful. Hopefully, anyway, we can just make some more improvements with the car."

Norris currently sits seventh in the Driver's Championship, just a single point behind seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton but way off the pace of the leaders – although he has 25 points more than teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Meanwhile, McLaren are fourth in the Constructor's Championship and sit 49 points Mercedes in the fight for the 'best of the rest' tag.

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