After a thrilling race, Lando Norris managed to fix his yesterday’s qualifying mistake, finishing the race in P3. He was elected Driver of the Day for this performance.
Norris was very disappointed after his yesterday’s qualifying performance, as he was quick enough to qualify in P3 but saw his time deleted due to a track limits infringement at turn 9. He, however, made up for his mistake as he can now savor his second-ever Formula 1 podium after a great battle against Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc.
Norris had an impressive first stint, as the Briton was in the third position, behind Leclerc’s Ferrari, before the session was red-flagged.
During the red flag, the Briton decided to resume his race on soft tires, which was a really aggressive strategy, considering that both Ferraris and Hamilton opted for medium tires. Nonetheless, thanks to incredible tire management, the 21-year-old resisted both Leclerc and Hamilton for dozens of laps, before finally getting overtaken by the 7-time world champion at the very end of the race.
“I’m happy, it was a nice recovery after yesterday. I didn’t start so well, but I came back through, had the pace, I tried to hang on to second but Lewis was quicker than me,” Norris said.
He was also very happy about McLaren’s current form, considering the great battle he had with a Ferrari and a Mercedes.
“Yeah, it’s nice to be fighting these guys, it’s nice to be in their own merit, and hopefully we can have some more in the future.”
Nonetheless, the Bristol-native admits having been alarmed by multiple issues during his race. First and foremost, he encountered a clutch issue at the very end of the session, that caused him to lose some time when he was exiting corners. He was also worried about tire degradation, considering the threat of Hamilton and Leclerc, both evolving on medium tires.
“[For the clutch issue], that was just my knee paddles hitting my clutch paddle, that was my own mistake, but yeah, we wanted to be on the softs for the restart and had good pace in the first 10-15 laps,” Norris said.
“But I knew I was going to struggle towards the end, especially with Lewis behind me, it was not going to be an easy one, and I hang on for two or three laps but I’m not disappointed.”