Lando Norris has confirmed that his crash midway through the second free practice session of the Formula 1 Tuscan Grand Prix was as a result of pushing too hard.
The McLaren driver went slightly wide coming out of turn three and touched the gravel which pitched him into a spin.
Norris tried to correct the spin, but ended up going off the circuit and touched the wall, causing his front wing to come off in the process.
Due to the level of impact with the wall, he was unable to return the car back to the pits on its own steam and as a result, the red flag came out so marshalls could remove it out of harm’s way.
The incident meant that Norris ended up 14th in the session, and he admitted that it happened because he was pushing too hard.
“Tricky day. Obviously, I didn’t end it in the best way – over-pushing it a little bit.” commented Norris.
“It’s one of the first proper costly mistakes that I’ve made, almost since I started in F1.
“It’s a bit frustrating, but at the same time it happens – it happens to everyone.
“Not ideal but everything until then was going reasonably well.”
Although Norris was outside of the top ten in the afternoon practice session, he was eighth fastest in free practice one and he felt that, until the crash happened, his McLaren team had improved his car between the sessions.
But, having missed the second half of free practice two on a circuit that is new to the whole grid, the British driver admitted that there was a lot of work to do to make sure he gets the right result in qualifying on Saturday.
“We made some improvements from FP1 to FP2 but we’ve got a lot of work to do.” he added.
“It’s not been as straightforward as we were hoping for, and we’re struggling a little bit more than we were expecting coming into the weekend.
“Rough start, but I’m confident we can make up for it tomorrow.”