A frustrated Lando Norris has declared that McLaren must improve their car after a disappointing Canadian Grand Prix.
Norris endured a tough weekend having looked relatively strong in Friday practice, as he was eliminated in the second qualifying session when he suffered from engine issues.
Some changes were made in the back of his car ahead of the race, but he fell back from 14th to 15th after a slow stop from the crew, during which they had not brought out the right tyres amid confusion having just serviced Daniel Ricciardo.
The Australian would also end up finishing outside the points in 11th, capping off a horrible day for the Woking-based team.
After failing to clear the Williams of Alex Albon during the race, Norris lamented that the MCL36 simply does not have the performance at the moment.
“The car’s not good enough,” he said.
“At times it’s strong. I was a little bit more optimistic after Friday, that we could achieve more.
“But when I was stuck behind the Williams, they’re so fast, probably the quickest in the straights and we’re probably the slowest in the straights, and then it’s literally impossible to overtake so we can’t do anything.”
Norris has stood on the podium already this season in Imola, but the fact that he has also finished 15th on two occasions leads him to believe that any good result is more luck than judgement.
“It’s just not anywhere where we want it,” he added.
“A day like today is probably a good thing that shows we’re a long way off and we have to keep working very hard, keep trying a lot of different things.
“Maybe at times things look great but it’s never really genuine pace, a day like today where it’s more simple and we don’t have luck on our side shows where we’re at.”
Sunday’s race was the third time this season that McLaren have walked away from a race having failed to put points on the board.