Norris: Not always a bad thing to be 'a negative guy'

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Norris: Not always a bad thing to be 'a negative guy'

Lando Norris acknowledges that he is naturally "a negative guy", but the McLaren driver says his tendency to self-deprecate isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Norris' third season in Formula 1 has seen the 21-year-old's stock continue to trend higher, supported by his strong level of performance, reliability and consistency.

In Russia, the McLaren charger and poleman was three laps away from snatching his maiden Grand Prix win when the elements thwarted his remarkable efforts.

But the truncated ending to his race that day took nothing away from a flawless display and a performance that were an appropriate reflection of his progress this season.

And yet, Norris insists his feat in Sochi didn't shine a new light on his ability to lead and potentially win. It just confirmed what he already knew.

"I don’t think Russia made me suddenly think I’m able to win a race," he told F1.com. "I felt capable early in the season, almost for the whole of this year.

"The pressure and the decision making is always different if you’re leading to if you’re second, third, fourth or whatever. But I don’t think it changed anything.

"It just backed up the feeling I had already, that I felt confident enough that if I’m in the lead, or if I have that opportunity to take the lead or whatever it is, I’m capable of leading the race, making the correct decisions – sometimes! – and being able to win a race."

Norris' showcase performance in Russia generated raving reviews. But again, the McLaren driver will take the praise in his stride but won't get carried away. And for good measure, he'll even focus on the negatives rather than on the positives as he follows the attributes of his character.

"I don’t think I get carried away by anything," he says. "I guess I always see more the negatives than positives in situations.

"I have to get reminded to think of the positives but I don’t think that is necessarily a bad thing.

"Maybe in some scenarios it is, but I guess it puts a lot of focus on me – I’ll remember the good things, but it makes me work hard to avoid the negative.

"I spend a lot of time and effort going through my own stuff, own mistakes and faults, but also the team’s faults and what we do as a team, reviewing those negatives and trying to make them a positive for next time. It’s good.

"I’m a negative guy but I’m sometimes positive when I need to be. When I am negative, it’s more for my own benefit, to make sure I do a better job next time."

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McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl, who has saluted Norris' forward march on multiple occasions this season, is a big fan of his driver's self-critical attitude.

"In F1, he’s only in his third year now but it’s impressive to see what he is pulling off inside of the car but also outside of the car in terms of how he works together with the team, how he voices clearly what he needs from the team in order to perform," said Seidl.

"He’s very self-critical as well and he’s the first one to raise his hand if something went wrong on his side.

"That’s an attitude I like a lot, we like a lot in the team. I want to have this culture from every single member of the team as that’s the only way of getting better as a team and moving forwards."

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Former Renault F1 engine man Taffin joins Oreca

Renault F1's former chief engine architect Remi Taffin has joined French constructor Oreca as its technical director. Taffin... The post Former Renault F1 engine man Taffin joins Oreca appeared first on F1i.com.

Former Renault F1 engine man Taffin joins Oreca

Renault F1's former chief engine architect Remi Taffin has joined French constructor Oreca as its technical director.

Taffin was a long-standing member of Renault's F1 effort, joining the manufacturer in 1999 and later leading its engine department in Viry-Châtillon where he remained until his departure in June earlier this year.

But the 47-year-old engineer is now set to open a new chapter in his motorsport career by transferring his expertise to Oreca. Taffin will work out of the sportscar manufacturer's Signes base at the Circuit Paul Ricard as well as at its operations located in Magny-Cours.

The Frenchman will oversee Oreca's chassis department that handles the production of its successful LMP2 07 contender as well as the manufacturer's engine unit.

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"I am extremely happy Remi is joining Oreca to manage the entire technical scope of the group," said Oreca boss Hugues de Chaunac.

"His technical skills, mastery of new technologies, high level of experience and customer philosophy will all serve the company at a time when it is experiencing an important stage in its development as one of the world leaders in the construction of racing cars."

Taffin added: "I am impatient to start working with Hugues and his teams at Oreca, a benchmark in the world of motorsport, particularly in the various classes in endurance racing.

"The technical and organisational challenges necessary to stay ahead, and the culture and richness of current and future Oreca projects have definitely convinced me I want to play a major role in the next stages of Oreca's development."

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