Norris: I should have been fifth in qualifying

Lando Norris at the Saudi Arabian GP. Credits: McLaren (Twitter).

Lando Norris has shared his thoughts on Saturday’s qualifying session at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

The McLaren driver managed to qualify 7th for Sunday’s race but will have to start the race on soft tires. Norris admitted that it could bring some problems.

“It’s going to be very tricky, especially because I’m the only one on soft tires, so it’s going to be a difficult one, but I just thought I’d make my race even more difficult. Why not?” 

“We wanted to go through on the medium. It’s just risky. It obviously didn’t work out for Danny [Ricciardo], so that could have been us… if I didn’t put a good lap in on the medium. So we decided to go for the safer option; go with the softs, which we’ll pay the price for tomorrow, but it also put us three or four positions higher.”

Norris was not happy with his Q3 lap, claiming that he was capable of finishing higher: “I should have been in fifth place, ahead of Pierre [Gasly] and ahead of Sergio [Perez].”

“I messed up on my last lap. I was down but I think the last two corners I definitely could have improved. I obviously didn’t because I pushed a bit too much into turn 22 and then bottomed out a lot over the exit curbs.”

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