‘It shouldn’t happen in F1’ – Lando Norris blasts Monaco for mistake that almost ruined his weekend

Lando Norris qualified fourth for the Monaco GP, behind McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri, but it could've been much worse

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Lando Norris lambasted organisers of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix for a sticker issue that almost dumped him out in Q1, before he went on to claim fourth in the all-important Monte Carlo qualifying and line up behind teammate Oscar Piastri for the race.

Norris required a last-ditch improvement in Q1 because his initial effort to set a lap was hamstrung when an advertising sticker got stuck underneath his McLaren having fallen off a crash barrier on the side of the track.

Sergio Perez – who was eliminated in the first session – had a similar complaint while also blaming traffic for his galling result, but Norris appeared to be the worst-affected driver with the incident also costing him a fresh set of tyres compared to his rivals.

“Q1 was a bit stressful, all the boarding and stickers came off, got stuck under my car which then cost me the tyres and things like that, so it was a bit of a mess,” Norris told select members of the press, including Total-Motorsport.com.

“And that just shouldn’t happen in F1 because it could have cost me my whole weekend. I was lucky to get through, otherwise I think it was a good day for us but there’s nothing I can do, it can only ruin your race at the minute.

“It’s a shame you’re just having to get lucky and I was lucky that I had enough time otherwise it would have ruined my qualifying.”

Norris: Drivers warned F1 about sticker problem

Lando Norris celebrates finishing second at the 2024 Chinese GP | McLaren
Lando Norris celebrates finishing second at the 2024 Chinese GP | McLaren

As early as FP1, when drivers were still finding their limits against barriers that appear more forgiving than on previous trips to Monaco, the advertising stickers were already torn to shreds and that only intensified in the crucible of qualifying.

Norris re-iterated that drivers had raised the issue and been told that it would be fixed for qualifying, but urged organisers to come up with a better solution before it cost a driver more than just a set of tyres.

“I had a pit for it to come off so it just shouldn’t happen in F1,” Norris added. “It’s a bit silly in my opinion and we said it yesterday, we said it was going to happen again and they said they were going to fix it but obviously it wasn’t fixed, it’s a shame.

“They need to come up with a better solution than just stickers because of course we’re touching the wall and all of this stuff, but it’s not acceptable that that can ruin your whole weekend, for some stickers. So, yeah, they need to find a better solution.”

Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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