Lando Norris says his difficult weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix was not a surprise, stating the passing opportunities and DRS reach was “pretty tough,” something he says is proven by now.

When asked by Sky Sports if the race was difficult, Norris replied “it was, but I think it was expected really.

“So, no surprises. Just very difficult to pass or even get close into DRS in the final sector. It’s pretty tough. I think that was proved.

“The strategy, in the end, the two stop getting past Ocon, was the only thing we could do. Although it didn’t look good we did the best we could do.”

Norris was shwon the black and white flag during a battle with Carlos Sainz. Race control stated the McLaren driver was weaving around while Sainz attempted to overtake him. Norris later explained there were no bad intentions in doing so.

“I was defending from Carlos and then I moved over again slightly which I wasn’t meant to do. I knew he was coming past so it’s just the way it was and I didn’t mean anything.”

Norris lamented his poor qualifying performance against the Ferrari’s. The driver said they could have matched them in qualifying pace for today’s running.

“We didn’t show our potential yesterday from my side and Daniel did. He finished P6 and we knew t hat the Ferrari’s have been quick all year. I don’t know why people underestimate them so much. They have been one of the quickest cars in cornering all year.

“So, when you come to a track where there are long straights and things then we know they would be quick. We could have matched them on qualifying pace yesterday but when we rely on the rear of the car then we would have struggled.”

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