Lando Norris blames himself for disappointing qualifying

Lando Norris has openly admitted that he is disappointed with his performance during qualifying for the 2023 Australian Grand Prix.

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Lando Norris has admitted he was pushing too hard during qualifying for the 2023 Australian Grand Prix.

Following a disappointing start to the season, Norris had hoped to bounce back at Albert Park, and after a solid day of practice, McLaren had seemingly turned a corner.

However, it turned out to be a false dawn as Norris tried too hard in qualifying, only managing 13th on the grid after making a trip across the gravel trap during the session.

“[I was] just pushing too hard,” admitted Norris to the media.  “I needed to put a pretty magical lap to get into Q3, so [just] a bit over the limit. 

“I thought we would do a little better than where we were today. I think it was possible, but [yeah] just not driving as well as I should, so [a] bit disappointed with myself, but it is what it is.”

Lack of harmony with car and track causing mistakes

Lando Norris in action at the Saudi Arabian GP | McLaren

Melbourne was the second consecutive weekend where Norris’ mistake had cost him a chance of securing a Q3 appearance. 

With the MCL60 proving to be a difficult car to drive, Norris has been forced to overdrive, making rare mistakes which have cost him and the team dear.

“A mixture of the mistakes I was making was [in] just all different corners,” said Norris.  “Just as soon as I tried to push into one corner, I would make it there, and then the rest of the lap was good.

“So just not putting everything together, really. I kind of feel I have to drive at 95%, and then 100% as soon as I try to push to what I think is the limit, it’s always over the limit.

“[It’s] just hard to get an understanding of what the limit is.”

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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