On Thursday, Lando Norris spoke to the press in Belgium about the first half of the season and his expectations for the upcoming Grand Prix.
After the Hungarian GP, when Norris’ race was over immediately after the start. This was a setback for the Briton, but he said that he wants to recover from it quickly and continue his almost “perfect season” like this.
In Hungary, he was immediately hit by Bottas after the start and retired. The race victory went to Esteban Ocon, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz. That was even harder for Norris to cope with.
“After almost a perfect first half to the season, it ended the way it did, but I moved on. It wasn’t anything I could have done, anything I could have changed. I did my job well, good qualifying, good start to the race, it just didn’t end the way we wanted it to. We’ll try again this weekend.”
Despite the accident, he is still in P3 in the Drivers’ Championship and wants to get back into the “rhythm of scoring good points” this weekend and he is also hoping for rain.
“We had a very good first half to the season – we’re very capable of scoring good points every now and again, capitalizing on mistakes from the Red Bull and Mercedes cars ahead of us,” said Norris, whose McLaren team are tied on points with Ferrari in the constructors’ standings. “But there are a lot of very quick cars behind, the Ferrari being one of them, and AlphaTauri, Alpine were fast here last season.
“We’ll wait and see [this weekend]. The weather could play a big part. I’m hoping for a bit of rain, it makes it exciting. Just trying to get back into the rhythm of scoring good points will be key.”