Norris: Frustrating, but not the end of the world

Michelle Foster
Lando Norris head bent looking down. Miami May 2022

McLaren driver Lando Norris head bent looking down. Miami May 2022

With his 2022 progression of 7-5-3 cut short by a DNF in Miami, Lando Norris says his retirement at the Miami Grand Prix was “frustrating, but not the end of the world”.

Racing for a points finish at the Miami GP, Norris’ race was cut short on lap 41 when he collided with Pierre Gasly.

With Gasly’s AlphaTauri having suffered damage in an earlier incident with Fernando Alonso, the Frenchman was on his way back to the pits and trying to stay off the racing line.

But the way the circuit kinked into Turn 8 meant that as Norris tried to pass around the outside, Gasly went slightly in and the two collided.

Norris reiterated it was a “silly way” to crash out of a race.

He added to “Someone just said he was on the radio saying he was going to retire or something, so if that is the case then I think what he did was silly.

“If you’re going to retire, you just get out the way of people racing.

“He was looking in his right mirror, he was drifting across the track. A shame.

“Of course you could say maybe I could have left a bit more room, but I don’t expect him to just try and stay in the middle. A shame.

“We maybe could have scored an eighth place, ninth place, which is a couple of points, better than none. It would have been nice but it didn’t end that way.

“Frustrating, but not the end of the world.”

Norris conceded it was a crash in which both drivers could arguably get the blame depending on how one looked at it.

But if you ask Norris, Gasly was at fault.

“Maybe some people would blame me, some people would blame him,” he said.

“I think the main thing is if he was racing and still going for position, I would say it’s more of a racing incident kind of thing and I could have left a bit more [space], he could have left a bit more.


“But I think if he was going to retire, it was just a bit of a silly incident from his part and he should have just got out of the way a bit more.”

Failing to score in Miami, Norris dropped to seventh in the Drivers’ Championship with 35 points, now one behind Lewis Hamilton.