F1: 'We Were a Bit Unlucky,' Says Lando Norris After Team's Misjudged Safety Car Strategy Costs Race Win

Lando Norris of McLaren ended 3.8 seconds behind Max Verstappen, following his second-place finish in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, where he held off George Russell of Mercedes.

By Divyam Dubey | on June 11, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

Lando Norris delivered a stellar performance in the chaotic Canadian Grand Prix, securing a podium finish in second place. He described the race as a nerve-wracking but flawlessly executed performance from himself. However, the bittersweet aftertaste of second place lingered for Norris. He firmly believes victory was within reach if McLaren had been bolder with their pit stop strategy during a crucial safety car period. The ambitious British driver and his team aren't satisfied with second place - they're shooting for championship glory. The race itself was a weather rollercoaster, with Norris initially surging ahead with impressive speed. However, Red Bull's Max Verstappen eventually snatched the lead in Montreal. McLaren's hesitation during the safety car proved costly, dropping Norris from the lead to third. Despite a valiant fightback, he couldn't reclaim the top spot and settled for second.

After the race, Lando Norris said: 'That was eventful! To be honest, I felt like I drove a good race from start to finish. The conditions were so stressful inside the car but very enjoyable at the same time. The first two stints were very strong, but we were a bit unlucky with the Safety Car. Well done to Max Verstappen who drove a good race and didn’t make any mistakes.

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'I’m happy with the second. It was good fun out there and we’ve scored good points for the team. The car’s been great all weekend, so thanks to everyone at McLaren. It’s nice to be so close and on the podium again. We’ll keep fighting to get back onto the top step.'

After encountering late-race tension with Russell and Lewis Hamilton, both of whom had opted for fresh slick tyres during the final Safety Car period, Norris's teammate Oscar Piastri contributed substantial points for the team in the Constructor Championship by securing fifth place.

F1: McLaren’s Resurgence

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McLaren's resurgence is nothing short of sensational. Their performance in the 2023 constructors' championship was lacking fourth place, but in 2024 they have changed dramatically. Just eight races into the season, they are knocking on the door of the top teams. Lando Norris is seated comfortably in third place in the drivers' standings, while the team itself retains a good third position overall.

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The Miami Grand Prix marks a turning point for McLaren. After a major makeover to their vehicle, Norris rushed to a stunning triumph highlighting the team's increased agility. With just 89 points separating the top three teams, and Red Bull's Sergio Perez experiencing a dip in form, the fight for the constructors' championship is wide open. 

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