A possible pole position vanished. In hindsight, even the missed opportunity to win a Grand Prix – albeit in a way that is certainly not usual. With the frightening accident suffered at the start of Q3, Lando Norris he had to give up all this, after having shone like no other in Q1 and Q2, so much so that he posted the best time in both sessions. The most important thing, after the crash of Eau Rouge, is the fact that he got out of the cockpit safe and sound. The feeling of the wasted chance, however, remains. As Formula 1 heads to Zandvoort, the young British McLaren talent retraced what was a rather unusual weekend for him, admitting that he still hasn’t completely stopped thinking about what happened on Saturday afternoon.
“I still have a little bit left in my head – acknowledged the Bristol driver in reference to the accident, as reported by the site MotorsportMagazine.com – because I was really annoyed. Not only because I crashed, but because I also had to give up the possibility of scoring a pole position “. At the end of Q3 the first three positions on the grid were the prerogative of Max Verstappen, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton. According to his thinking, Norris would almost certainly have been able to put at least the two compatriots behind him. “I feel quite convinced and confident that I could have been at least on the front row – added the color bearer of the Woking team – and maybe even in front of Max“.
Paradoxically, given what then happened on Sunday due to bad weather, winning pole would automatically have allowed Lando Norris to also achieve his first career victory. “It would have been a good result – he acknowledged – even if it doesn’t seem to me that in a day like this there could be a result worthy of points. Still, being in that position would have been nice. From the first lap of Q1 things were going perfectly. The car was hooked to the asphalt. I felt confident, ”he concluded.