Sport Norris: Stopping overdriving helped claim P5 grid spot for British GP
Norris explains misjudgement for "basic" Ricciardo overtake in F1 British GP
Lando Norris has explained how a misjudgement while altering settings on his steering wheel left the door open for Daniel Ricciardo to snatch fourth place in the British Grand Prix .The McLaren driver had been looking to hold off his Renault rival and future team-mate in the closing stages of last weekend's Silverstone event.But with three laps to go, Ricciardo made a move down the inside at Stowe to grab fifth, which then became fourth when McLaren's Carlos Sainz hit late tyre trouble.Norris has revealed how multiple factors came together to give Ricciardo the opportunity to pull off what he reckoned was a "basic" pass.
McLaren's Lando Norris says stopping over-driving on his final laps in qualifying for Formula 1's 2020 British Grand Prix helped him to fifth after nearly being knocked out in Q1.
Norris was 15th in the standings at the end of the opening part of qualifying - the last spot to move on to Q2 - as he was "overdriving slightly", which caused him to make "too many mistakes, not putting it together".
Norris: Helping McLaren F1 team strip down car 'better than watching Netflix'
Lando Norris says he prefers helping his team strip down his McLaren after Formula 1 races to "lying in my bed and watching Netflix", having been spotted assisting his mechanics .The young British driver courted interest after the Hungarian Grand Prix when an image of him helping his team take apart his car post race was posted on social media.But rather than the event having been a one-off because of the intense schedule of 2020, Norris has explained that helping his team out in such a way is actually something he tries to do as often as he can.
He eventually took fifth in Q3, his second top-five grid spot in the opening four races of the 2020 season, two places ahead of his team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr and just in front of Lance Stroll's Racing Point.
"It's not like I'm under-driving and kind of saving it in any way, I was almost the opposite," he said when asked if he had been building towards producing his best effort at the end of qualifying.
"I was trying too much in Q1 and Q2 - therefore making the mistakes, especially with the wind.
"I felt like the more you tried hard to nail everything, the worse it got because you'd just have a little bit of wind that would just push you over the limits.
"So I almost drove a bit more under the limit.
"I'd have a little bit of oversteer or something, but it wouldn't be something that cost me two tenths and I would make a big mistake because of it.
Norris: F1 races feel "more like Formula Renault" without fans
Grands Prix have felt more like Formula Renault events than Formula 1 thanks to a lack of fans this year, reckons McLaren's Lando NorrisNo spectators have been allowed in to F1 races held so far this year in a bid to minimise the risks to public health amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"It was just a bit scrappy [in Q1 and Q2], but only because I think I was over-driving more than under-driving, and then performing well when it mattered."
McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl praised Norris and Sainz for their consistent qualifying performances so far in 2020 after they both reached Q3 for the fourth race in a row.
He said: "I have a lot of respect for what Carlos and Lando are pulling off each weekend.
"We have been now four times in a row with both cars in Q3 and it just confirms that the two drivers we have is simply a great asset that we are having here at McLaren.
"I think [that is] also simply an advantage compared to some other teams."
Seidl said McLaren was "not fully happy with where we ended up" after Friday practice, but explained overnight changes that team made on to its aerodynamic and mechanical set-up boosted the drivers going into qualifying.
Trouble with hard Pirelli tires: "Has nothing to do with a Formula 1 car"
© Motorsport Images Lando Norris couldn't do anything with the hard tires Last weekend the tires were too soft for most of them, this one At the weekend the tires are too hard for most of them - that's Formula 1. Pirelli brought the three hardest compounds C1, C2 and C3 to Barcelona and thus chose the usual conservative variant. But the drivers only have one word left for the hard tire: "Garbage." George Russell and Lando Norris agree on this.
"I have to say the team did a great job again together with both drivers overnight making the right calls and changes to the car, which put us in this grid position today," he explained.
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Ocon handed three-place F1 grid penalty after blocking Russell .
Esteban Ocon has been handed a three-place grid penalty for Formula 1's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after blocking George Russell during qualifying on Saturday .While passing a slow-moving Antonio Giovinazzi, Renault driver Ocon was caught out on the racing line as Russell came through on a hot lap during Q1 at Silverstone, forcing the Williams to back off.Russell was quick to complain over team radio about Ocon's move, saying the Frenchman "massively got in my way" and was "mega dangerous".