Norris: Front-row result in qualifying feels ‘epic’

Lando Norris has said his second place in qualifying which puts him on the front-row in tomorrow’s Austrian Grand Prix feels ‘epic’.

It was Max Verstappen who took pole position in front of his Dutch fans, but Norris was the stand-out as he put in a perfect lap that sealed second, with just 0.048s separating him from pole.

With that result, the British driver takes his best qualifying result in F1 and McLaren’s first front-row start since 2012.

At the venue Norris took his first F1 podium last year, the 21-year-old said he is in a good position going into the race tomorrow, as he looks to convert the front-row to a strong result.

“I feel epic, yeah it was cool,” he said during the post-qualifying interview.

“I guess after last race I wanted to do that one more step, and I did two more so yeah it’s nice.

“It puts us in a good position for tomorrow, it was probably one of the best laps I’ve done, so it was a good feeling.

Finishing in fifth at the Red Bull Ring last weekend, with only the two Red Bull’s and two Mercedes ahead, the McLaren driver will be pleased with where he is placed on the grid.

The team looked to be struggling in yesterday’s practice sessions, but those worries have been removed on Norris’ side of the garage after today’s result.

After qualifying, Norris took a moment to recognise the support from the fans at Austria who return trackside this weekend, whilst also suggesting tomorrow’s race could be hard.

“The fans are cool here, everyone in orange supporting McLaren, not Max, so it’s cool to have them back,” he joked in the parc ferme interview.

“Tomorrow’s race is going to be tough but we did the best job we could today, I don’t know how far off I was from pole, but yeah I’m happy with P2.”