“Q3 run two is often where it’s gone a little bit downhill”– Lando Norris discusses his Q3 failures this year with comparatively poor timings.
With every passing Grand Prix, Lando Norris is growing in Formula 1, but this season he has faced a strange downward spiral, which is of Q3 failures, which is not giving him an ideal grid start.
The Briton has often failed to match his Q2 timings in the Q3, and Norris realizes it; speaking on the issue, he has pointed out certain reasons behind it.
“I don’t think my qualifyings have been too bad,” said Norris. “Q1s and Q2s have been very good, and Q3 run one has often been very good. But then Q3 run two is often where it’s gone a little bit downhill, but all for the kind of different reasons.”
“It’s not because I’ve not been able to put laps in or put it together or anything like that. In Spain, I had damage to the car. In Imola, it was for going off the track. Portugal was going too early and getting caught behind the Aston Martin.
“So all of them have been a bit different. I’m not too worried about that. If it was something that became consistent and started repeating itself in Q3, then I would think there’s a clear thing to work on. But at the moment, it’s always been a different reason.”
“And Q1 and Q2 have always gone very well. So I still have the confidence to put it together in Q3.”
Floor damage in Spain
Norris then elaborated on the floor damage he took in Barcelona during the last Grand Prix, which eventually made him have a P9 start on Sunday.
“I ran wide between Turn 8 and 9 on run one, which was unluckily on a relatively new tyre. Then on the new tyre, the damage kind of cost me a bit, so it wasn’t ideal.”