Lando Norris started the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from 9th on the grid after he was penalized for red-flag infringement during the qualifying session. The driver finished the race 5th but admits having a difficult start.
Norris dropped down to 12th by the end of the first lap, but the driver admits he feels he didn’t do as bad of a job and says luck plays a part in racing.
“As disappointing as the first lap was, I don’t feel like I did a terrible job; it’s just sometimes you can get a bit unlucky, you can’t go right or left, so you go in the middle and get a bit sandwiched. I think most of my starts and first laps have been good this year, just this is the difficult one, which happens sometimes.
“It’s always difficult to judge how aggressive you want to be, how many risks you want to take, but I thought I took a decent amount of risk versus reward ratio and it paid off, so please with a P5.
“It’s annoying because you want to think you could be in a position like Pierre or Seb were – but they also had very good pace, they’ve been quick all weekend, Seb had great pace on the soft tires, so not a lot we could do to defend from them.”