Lando Norris, second: “Clearly not a bad job! »

Winner for the first time in Formula 1 two weeks ago in Miami, Lando Norris continues his good momentum with a third place in qualifying at Imola, which becomes a second place on the grid after Oscar Piastri's penalty.

Published on 19/05/2024 à 08:44

Michael Duforest

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Lando Norris, second: “Clearly not a bad job! »

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Norris is certainly ahead of his teammate Oscar piastri, second. However, the Australian was penalized three places on the grid for obstructing Kevin Magnussen and Haas. Just like his teammate, the Briton is just a tenth from the pole position achieved by Max Verstappen. Enough to make him want to get back to his place as quickly as possible. car, to end the “very good weekend” of McLaren by a good position in the race.

" It was great. Finishing third is clearly not a bad job at all. We are both [with Oscar Piastri] about a tenth from pole, the gaps are very small! For the team, it's a very good weekend so far, Oscar has done a great job, and Max too. It’s exciting, it’s tight, and I can’t wait for [Sunday]! », explained Norris after the session.

A “difficult” race ahead

If Max Verstappen continues to take 100% of pole positions in Grand Prix this season, the latest winner is satisfied to see McLaren in second place in the field. Sergio Pérez not having managed to hoist his Red Bull in Q3, the orange cars could play for a double podium this Sunday, despite the penalty received by Oscar Piastri, which relegates him to fifth position on the grid.

“We still have to get used to victory but we are getting closer! To be in front Ferrari, this is also a good result for us. The race will be close, it will be fun and I hope it will be fun to watch. I hope it will be as pleasant in the cockpit, but it's difficult when the times are so tight. Often, it comes down to the first turn, the strategies, the pit stops. It is sure that it will be a difficult race. »

Second recipient of the “God Save The King” after George Russell for his victory in Miami, there is no doubt that Lando Norris would like to continue this momentum! It remains to be seen whether this will be possible this weekend in Imola…

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