Norris makes painful admission on McLaren engine change
“Despite swapping in an entirely new engine, Norris has not incurred a grid penalty as he remains within his permitted limit of components for the season.
However, with 21 races remaining, and drivers permitted to use only three internal combustion engines, turbochargers, MGU-H and MGU-K units, along with eight exhausts, it is likely that Norris will incur grid penalties for excessive component usage as the season wears on.
Norris expecting 'very close' midfield battle
After ending FP1 in 20th place, Norris improved to 12th in FP2, and the Briton noted the congested nature of the midfield in Jeddah.
"I didn’t do my [flying] lap in FP1, but it's close," said Norris.
"The split between me and last place was two-tenths [in FP2], so if I had made a little mistake, it's last place, so it's very close, all the midfield.
"Alpine are up the road on the whole midfield, so they've vaulted to the front, and even Williams
seem a lot quicker than us too.
"It feels alright, to be honest, the car. Struggling quite a bit with overall balance, but just doing the best with what we've got."
After struggling with a pneumatic issue during the Bahrain Grand Prix, Lando Norris has been forced to take on an entirely new power unit for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.