Formula 1 reigning world champion expects the mid-level teams to have closed the gap to Merc, Ferrari and RBR.
The Spaniard will also drive at selected tests to aid the development of this year’s and next year’s car.
Fernando Alonso will end his Formula 1 career this weekend in Abu Dhabi, behind the wheel of a one-off liveried McLaren.
According to McLaren CEO Zak Brown, F1 should allow teams to adopt various liveries for different races.
Zak Brown concedes that the team has produced a worse chassis than last year’s car.
Norris replaces Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne and will line up alongside Carlos Sainz next season.
Ricciardo’s surprise decision to move to Renault has left Red Bull in a bit of a pickle for next year.
The Spaniard could replace either Fernando Alonso or Stoffel Vandoorne at McLaren.
CEO Zak Brown says it could take years for McLaren to get back to their winning form.
Paging Woking: are you sure the Japanese powerplant was to blame for your past poor performance?.
McLaren is currently 5th in the 2018 Constructor Standings, just one point behind Renault.
McLaren has launched its first major F1 upgrade package ahead of the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix.