“I’m unhappy, devastated”– Lando Norris is devasted after the defeat in Sochi after an error of judgement during the rain spell.
Lando Norris was on the verge of getting his maiden win in a Formula 1 Grand Prix, but a wrong decision snubbed him recording his first-ever victory.
Talking about the incident, Norris is bitter about his defeat but blames himself for remaining with his slick tyres instead of pitting for the intermediaries, which made him spin in the end, giving Lewis Hamilton a win.
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I don’t know where to start. I’m unhappy, devastated in a way,” said Norris. “We made a call to stay out, and we stand by that. It was the wrong one at the end of the day, but I made the decision just as much as the team. It was more than they thought I should box, and I decided to stay out.”
“It was my decision, I thought it was the way to go. I don’t think it changes too much. I had the confidence beforehand that I was capable of doing it (leading a race) and I’ve felt capable of doing that for a while. So I don’t think that’s really changed. It’s just a bit of heartbreak.”
“I felt like I did everything I could, even when it got a bit tricky at the end. I made a couple of mistakes but still kept Lewis behind and managed to pull away a little bit.”
Out of luck
Norris then reveals it was a gamble that didn’t play out, as his team expected the track not to get any wetter, which could have allowed him to win.
“A bit of luck like the laps I was out before Lewis boxed was perfectly fine for the tyres I was on and I got told the rain was going to stay the same amount. Had it stayed the same amount we had the right decision, but it obviously got a lot wetter than we as a team expected.”
“When it’s only two laps to go, when there are 20 to go you’re maybe not as aggressive with decisions. We did what we thought was right, which I’m happy with.”
“It was wrong at the end of the day but everything until then the guys did an excellent job. I’m happy with everything apart from that one decision which we’ll review and try not to make again.”