Lando Norris laments missed pole position at Brazil, insists he ‘was fast enough’ to start up front on Sunday

The McLaren man led the Q2 session but had no luck in Q3 at Interlagos.


Lando Norris laments missed pole position at Brazil, insists he ‘was fast enough’ to start up front on Sunday

Lando Norris (Via IMAGO)

McLaren driver Lando Norris claims that he had enough pace and speed to challenge for the pole position. The Briton believes his car was incredible today, and it was a shame that he couldn’t put it on the front of the gird. He even had the best time out of everybody in Q2, but the dry/wet runs in Q3 made everything hard for everyone.

His fight for the pole fell off when the rain started after just one run in Q3. Most drivers couldn’t even set up their representative lap times. And after the rain got heavy, the session was red-flagged and never resumed. The Briton is set to start in P7 in Sunday’s race. He was merely ousted by the man in pole, two Aston Martins, two Mercedes, and a Ferrari.

In a recent interview reported by Soymotor, Norris believes the pace of the car in dry would’ve made them challenge the rivals, especially the Red Bulls. It’s sad to see another driver being limited in performance because of the weather.

I was fast enough to be the fastest today and be on pole. So I'm quite disappointed to finish the way we did.

He believes that if not for the strong winds and rain, he could have easily smashed it into a pole. Now, the focus shifts to the Saturday Sprint, which may serve as a mini spoiler for the race on Sunday.

 I don't know what to feel, I think the car was incredible...Especially after Q2, but another disappointing Friday.

Oscar Piatri’s mistake in Q3 cost him his chances for his first-ever Formula 1 pole

McLaren driver Oscar Piastri, serving his rookie year in F1, has been nothing short of excellent over the past few races. Coming into the Brazilian GP, McLaren showed true pace but couldn’t put their cars where they belonged in the Friday Qualifying. His mistake in his only attempt in Q3 punished the Australian to start P10 at Interlagos.

Oscar Piastri (via McLarenF1)

“I don’t know if it was already raining or what, but I was suffering a lot on the lap,” said Piastri. “It’s a shame, the car’s pace seemed good,” he concludes. He believes the overall Friday went great for the team in terms of pace but only has to look into his mistake in Q3.

The Australian is currently P9 in the Driver’s Championship. He leads his followers by 31 points but is 64 points short of P8 in the Standings currently held by the Mercedes driver George Russell.

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