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In the round-up: Lando Norris believes McLaren are closer to winning races than they have been for a long time

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McLaren close to winning – Norris

McLaren’s Lando Norris believes his team, which he recently signed a contract extension with, are as close to winning a grand prix than they have been since he joined them.

“There were moments we were close to winning races last year and a few races we were not miles away from a Red Bull,” Norris said. “And last year, when you think of it, it was the most competitive car ever in Formula 1 and a few races we were extremely, extremely close.

“So with the knowledge of if you want to win one race, we’re the closest we have ever been since I’ve been here at McLaren and for many, many years. But fighting for a championship is a bigger step. If you ask me ‘do you think you can win races this year’, I’d probably be more inclined to say yes. But to go straight into, ‘can you win races and a championship’, I think that’s another level.”

Camara victorious in FRMEC

Rafael Camara took victory in the third and final race in the Formula Regional Middle East Championship in Dubai, beating championship leader Tuukka Taponen.

Camara led every lap from pole position to win ahead of Ferrari academy driver Taponen as the race finished behind the Safety Car. Brando Badoer was third for a second straight race.

The result gives Taponen a comfortable lead of 32 points after three of five rounds. The series returns to Yas Marina for a final time next weekend before concluding back in Dubai the following week.

Lacorte and Ngatoa win in FROC

There were two new winners in the Formula Regional Oceania Championship at New Zealand’s Hampton Downs circuit yesterday.

Alpine academy drive Lacorte won the reverse-grid second race of the weekend following a race-ending red flag for a dramatic crash for Gerrard Xie. In race three, Kaleb Ngatoa beat championship leader Roman Bilinski, who extended his advantage to 50 points over Liam Sceats.

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