Turns out Norris was just teasing us

Date published: November 3 2019

Lando Norris and McLaren were teasing us with their pace in Austin.

Lando Norris finished P3 in FP3 and topped Q1, but it turned out McLaren were just teasing us when it came to fighting with the big boys.

Here is how Saturday unfolded at the United States Grand Prix…

Max Verstappen set the pace in FP3 with his 1:33.305 giving him a two-tenth buffer over Sebastian Vettel. But perhaps the standout result was Norris up in P3 for McLaren.

But it was a session to forget for Vettel’s team-mate Charles Leclerc who lost power in the early stages. Luckily it was only an oil leak and no penalty came his way. The Ferrari man was good to go for qualifying.

After finishing P3 in the final practice session Norris topped Q1 a tenth ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

At the other end Antonio Giovinazzi, Kimi Raikkonen, George Russell, Sergio Perez and Robert Kubica were the drivers eliminated.

Leclerc put the horrors of FP3 behind him to finish Q2 fastest with a 1:32,760 ahead of Vettel. The top six, minus Alex Albon, committed to starting the race on the medium tyres.

Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen, Daniil Kvyat, Lance Stroll and Romain Grosjean missed out on the shootout for pole.

A new lap record would put Bottas on pole at a race which he must win to remain in the title picture.

The top five were separated by less than 0.3s.

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