Lando Norris is on fire as he took second place at the Emilia Romagna GP, scoring the second podium of his F1 career.
After the disappointment of yesterday’s qualifying, Norris was sure that he had blown his chance of any podiums this weekend in Imola. Little did he know he would be celebrating on the third-place marker whilst being handed only his second trophy of his three F1 seasons.
Norris shook off the dispirit of yesterday and came to the track with a clear mind: “I had the right to be disappointed and frustrated, but I came into today forgetting that looking ahead to the new challenges and new opportunities and that definitely showed”
“I guess I repaid the favour for the team but more importantly do myself proud in a way. I feel like I have accomplished everything, and I gave it everything.”
Whilst being fairly modest about his extraordinary achievement, the young McLaren driver has every right to be elated after his amazing come back from not only losing positions in qualifying, but also losing out on positions early on in the race.
A P2 seemed likely for Norris but in the last few laps it fell out of reach as the pace of the Lewis Hamilton proved too much for the McLaren.
Norris added: “I tried hanging on for P2 in the end but Lewis was definitely too quick for us.”
Although he may have made it look easy, Norris did have some barriers to overcome at the beginning of the race.
“I had a big moment off the start, as I shifted into fourth I completely lost the rear and a bit of aquaplaning as well from the rivers and I almost went right down into my teammate….then I had a big hit from the right from Stroll.”
That being said, using some caution and a lot of skill, Lando Norris’ efforts most definitely paid off. Norris proclaimed:
“I’m definitely a happier guy now than I was yesterday.”
All things considered, a very impressive weekend for Norris.