Lando Norris enjoyed his second free practice session with the McLaren F1 Team, even though he would have preferred to complete more running than he did, with the weather limiting his track action at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
The British racer took over the MCL33 from regular driver Stoffel Vandoorne for the opening salvo at the Italian circuit but only completed nine laps, setting the twentieth fastest lap of the session, although he was under a second off the best lap of Fernando Alonso.
Norris still managed to do some further aero tests during his short time on track and enjoyed himself running in the wet conditions, although he would have preferred it to be either fully wet or fully dry, so he could prove himself fully, not the wet to drying conditions that all the drivers faced in the session.
“I had some fun today of course, although I didn’t get as much running as I would’ve liked,” said Norris. “That happens sometimes and in the end, I was happy anyway. I saw what to experience on a race weekend and again what it’s like to compare to Fernando, which is something pretty good for me.
“It would have been nice to get a dry track – or for it to be completely wet for longer, to get used to driving this car in the wet, which I enjoy quite a bit.
“It was still a good session for us, although there weren’t many laps completed. We did some aero tests – some for his year, some for next. We tried as many things as we could without compromising anything for this weekend.
“The team learned quite a bit of stuff today, and of course I learned a lot too.”