Norris: Reasonably happy, but could’ve had P3

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Lando Norris says that he’s reasonably happy with his qualifying at Monza, but feels that he could have beaten his team-mate to P3.

The McLaren driver did enough to take P6 and ensure he starts just ahead of Daniel Ricciardo at the Italian Grand Prix. His team-mate did even better though, qualifying in P3.

Norris thinks he could have secured a second row start himself, but is happy for the team nonetheless.

“I’m reasonably happy. I mean it’s not P3 and I could’ve been P3,” he said in the paddock after the session.

“I’m happy for us as a team. We looked relatively quick all weekend – maybe not P3 quick – mainly because of the Renaults not looking as good as we thought and also the Red Bulls, so yeah a good day for us.

“I would’ve liked to have been a few places higher up the order but it’ll just make my race a bit more exciting tomorrow.”

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It was a somewhat chaotic qualifying session as the field jockeyed for position in order to try and secure tows for their flying laps.

This ruined various driver’s laps and had many complaining on the radio and after the session. Norris though, says that he still enjoyed himself nonetheless.

“It’s difficult, especially with the new rules now and the minimum lap time and everything,” he added.

“It makes it tricky because nobody wants to go and everybody’s going slow out of the pit-lane and trying to put themselves in a good position. It’s not easy. But I think the fact of driving around Monza, driving in a Formula 1 car at one of the quickest tracks in the world, was pretty good fun.

“It was a high heart rate for the majority of it because it was close. One-tenth could have put me out of Q3 and it could have put a lot of people out, so yeah not easy, but it makes it exciting.”

Norris is currently P5 in the standings but is level with Charles Leclerc and is just three points behind Alex Albon. Starting the race ahead of both, he has a good chance of reclaiming P4.

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