Norris qualified second and briefly led the British Grand Prix before finishing second behind Max Verstappen, while teammate Oscar Piastri started third and finished fourth after losing to Lewis Hamilton under the safety car .
While acknowledging the Silverstone result and the leap in performance since the first part of the latest upgrade package was introduced in Austria, Norris insists the team is not getting carried away.
“I don’t think anyone has a spring in their step at all,” he said when asked by Motorsport.com if he had noticed a change in camp. “We also know that it won’t happen that often at all.
“So we enjoyed the moment for sure. But we know we’re not competing for wins or even podiums. We were close to that very often. A lot of things went right for that (result) even though we should have had a P2 and a P3.
“I think the confidence came from the fact that we took a good step in the right direction. I think that’s where people gain confidence, that we were able to improve the car in some of these areas.
“But I don’t think anyone is overconfident in any way. I hope not.
“I feel like we’re in a better position now with our understandings, with the people we have, our areas of focus,” he said.
“The upgrade we have given Austria is the biggest upgrade to a team that McLaren has given in the last five years.
“In terms of having a car, trying to find improvements with it over the year, it’s the biggest improvement we’ve ever had in my experience with McLaren. That’s a fact.
“And even before that, until they probably got car B in 2012 or something, when they had other issues and things like that.
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60
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“So this is the first time that we’ve been able to really make an upgrade that really took us a big step forward. So I’m more hopeful than I’ve been in the past few years. “
Despite McLaren’s recent upgrades offering a significant performance boost, Norris admits the car is “still as hard to drive” as it has been all year.
“For me, the minute – even with this upgrade we’ve had, the performance – driving the car, the handling hasn’t improved,” he noted.
“It’s still just as hard to drive, just as hard to run qualifying laps with it, basically a bit easier because for any given mistake we’re actually even higher up there, especially over the last few weekends. -ends.
“And almost in the fastest corners it’s harder to make a mistake because the car is more capable.
“For me and where we’ve been for the last five years, obviously we’ve made the car faster, I don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, we’ve only had two weekends where we’ve been quick.
“But over the last five years we have further improved handling and low-speed handling, without considering load and absolute grip, let’s say.
“So for me a bigger step would be to improve how we drive the car, how easy it is to drive the car, rather than just adding 10 more charging points at low speeds because that doesn’t will only take us this far. command.”