Yesterday, Lando Norris could have qualified in P3 after an astonishing lap. However, his time was deleted and the Briton became very critical about himself. Andreas Seidl said it was typical from Norris but remained confident for the race.
During yesterday’s qualifying session, Norris had everyone glued to their screens when he was starting to light up every sector in purple. The Briton set an incredible lap around the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, temporarily putting him in P2.
Nonetheless, his time was deleted due to a track limits infringement at turn 9. If it was not, this lap would have resulted in a P3 for the McLaren driver, being his best-ever qualifying finish.
This position on the starting grid would probably have meant even more for the Woking-based team, as their 21-year-old driver admitted the team was very worried about their qualifying pace. He was therefore very heated about himself, right after the session.
“I still agree with what I said. It should have been P3, so I’m not happy about what I’ve done, am I? (…) It’s not an easy track to overtake on, so of course, I agree with the comment that I made because that’s exactly what I did,” Norris said.
“I think there were a lot of positives from the session. The fact that it actually could have been P3 is a huge positive for us,” he added.
McLaren’s team principal, Andreas Seidl, admitted it was typical for Norris to be extremely self-critical when he did not manage to deliver the results he wanted for the team. Nonetheless, the German looked proud of his driver and knew he was capable of putting his worries aside at the start of the race.
“He did a sensational job in this qualifying session, he was flying. (…) He got a hug from me after the session, which he doesn’t like, but I’m sure he will be back to full focus tomorrow morning,” said Seidl.
“I’ve seen it also in previous years. At the same time, he’s a guy who manages to put that aside at the latest tomorrow morning and with a full re-focus on the task ahead.”