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I don’t expect another race win for McLaren at Sochi – Norris

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McLaren Racing driver Lando Norris clinch the dramatic pole for Russian Grand Prix, after the dominant Lewis Hamilton hit the pit-entry wall in the rain-hit Sochi.

During the post-qualifying press, Norris has expressed his excitement of his first career pole and expectations of tomorrow race.

PRESS CONFERENCE Q & A

Q:You’re starting first tomorrow, what’s the goal for tomorrow? You have to go for the win don’t you?

LN: After last weekend what do you expect? Another race win for McLaren would be lovely. I don’t expect so, I think Mercedes are a long way up the road from us and Red Bull probably similar. I think we have decent pace. We saw yesterday that the cars are in a good position, in the wet now and also in the dry. A long run down to Turn 1 or Turn 2, whatever you want to say, so I have to look forward to that and make sure I prepare for that well. But I think either conditions I look forward to, we can score some good points tomorrow, we can have a good race, because we are in the best position possible.

Q: Lando, we heard a yelp of delight from you over the radio. Has it sunk in yet?

LN: I don’t know. It’s just an awesome feeling altogether. I don’t know what to say. It feels like you have just qualified well, but it’s a pole position, which doesn’t come around much. It’s my first in X amount of races and it could be my only pole for a while. It feels amazing, especially in these conditions. It’s tricky and you have to put a lot of risk on the line and just try to see if it pays off and it did. An amazing feeling, my first pole. Probably the only place I wouldn’t want to be pole is here, especially with the straight down to Turn 1, but I’m still very happy.

Q: How tricky was it to hold it together on the slick tyres at the end?

LN: We kind of did the first couple of laps. I did one on the inter and the first one on the softs and from those two you can gather a decent amount of information of where it’s dry and where it’s still damp and so on, but a lot of time it’s just hope. You go into the corner and hope it sticks and it did. That’s the kind of level you have to push at in Formula 1 when it’s so high. You never know what everyone else is going to do, when everyone is pushing as much as they can to also go for pole, because everyone knows there is this opportunity when the conditions are like this. A lot of pushing but we made the right decisions I think pitting when we did. I think most people did a similar thing. Yeah, not easy at all and I’m sure the other guys will say the same.

TRACK INTERVIEWS

Q: Lando Norris, your first pole position, how does that feel?

Lando NORRIS: Oh boy! It feels amazing. I don’t know what to say. It was quite a manic session but it was also going well and obviously made the decision in the end to go slicks. But I don’t know, you never think you are going to get a pole until you get it and now I’ve managed to do it. Yeah, extremely happy and big thanks to the team as well, they did an amazing job.

Q: And what about the circuit? That must have been so tricky to get the lap you needed to get that pole?

LN: It was tough. It was tough. I’m mostly going to make myself sound good! It was tricky you know because it was really that crossover section and the lap before I was two seconds down and I wasn’t very confident we were going to improve on the previous lap. But I kept the tyres warm and prepared the final lap and I risked quite a bit I’m going to admit and it paid off, so I’m a happy boy.

Q: And what about tomorrow? Starting on that pole position, lovely clear track in front. How much are you looking forward to it?

LN: I’m not really looking forward to it! I’m not looking forward to being first down to Turn 1 tomorrow. But you never know, it’s going to set us up well and we are in the best position we can be in. I’m happy, it’s my first pole position, hopefully the first of many. I don’t know, I’m just really happy. I don’t know what to say.

Q: I see you got your team manager there. What did he say to you?

LN: I don’t even know what he said to me! He just hugged me. I guess coming off Monza this is not something we expected but in these kind of conditions we can take opportunities and that’s exactly what we did today. Yeah, after Monza this is an awesome way to start and hopefully we can continue it that way.

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Qualifying Results – United States Grand Prix

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Pos Driver Team Q1Q2Q3Laps
1Max VerstappenRed Bull1:34.3521:33.4641:32.91016
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:34.5791:33.7971:33.11916
3Sergio PerezRed Bull1:34.3691:34.1781:33.13419
4Valtteri BottasMercedes1:34.5901:33.9591:33.47515
5Charles LeclercFerrari1:34.1531:33.9281:33.60617
6Carlos SainzFerrari1:34.5581:34.1261:33.79215
7Daniel RicciardoMcLaren1:34.4071:34.6431:33.80815
8Lando NorrisMcLaren1:34.5511:33.8801:33.88714
9Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri1:34.5671:34.5831:34.11817
10Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri1:35.3601:35.1371:34.91818
11Esteban OconAlpine1:35.7471:35.37712
12Sebastian VettelAston Martin1:35.2811:35.5009
13Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:35.9201:35.7948
14Fernando AlonsoAlpine1:35.7561:44.54912
15George RussellWilliams1:35.746No Time11
16Lance StrollAston Martin1:35.9837
17Nicholas LatifiWilliams1:35.9956
18Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo1:36.3117
19Mick SchumacherHaas1:36.4999
20Nikita MazepinHaas1:36.7968

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US Grand Prix rule change may affect Hamilton and Verstappen

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Formula One governing body FIA recently confirmed that lap times set by drivers who drive through double waved yellow flag sectors will be immediately deleted.

During the Turkish Grand Prix qualifying Fernando Alonso set lap-time through the double waved yellow flag sectors and it was immediately deleted.

The FIA race director Michael Masi explained the change in his event notes ahead of the United States Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen currently leading the way over Lewis Hamilton in the battle to become the 2021 world champion.

“Any driver passing through a double waved yellow marshalling sector must reduce speed significantly and be prepared to change direction or stop,” wrote Masi.

“In order for the stewards to be satisfied that any such driver has complied with these requirements, it must be clear that he has not attempted to set a meaningful lap time, for practical purposes any driver in a double yellow sector will have that lap time deleted.”

Masi also added that following Turkish Grand Prix, deleting lap times altogether could be a solution to avoid any confusion over how much drivers must slow down.

“There’s probably a little bit of tweaking of wording that we can do,” he said. “It’s been one of those that’s been as it has been for quite a while.

“There’s some refining that we can probably do to make it clearer for everyone.”

Spaniard’s situation was immediately followed by Lando Norris escaping with just a warning after crossing the pit-entry line in Russia, as the McLaren driver struggled to keep the car on track as the rain began to fall.

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Verstappen is F1’s fan favourite, Hamilton falls behind Norris

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Formula 1 championship leader Max Verstappen beats seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton as Formula 1’s fan favourite in the sport’s latest global survey.

Vote from 167,000 fans conducted by Motorsport Network, in association with Nielsen Sports, with an average age of 32 and coming from 187 countries, placed Red Bull’s Verstappen top of the popularity stakes with McLaren emerging as the favourite F1 team.

Briton Lando Norris on the second position ahead of fellow citizen Hamilton. Hamilton stays a firm favourite in the UK, Brazil and Canada, It is Verstappen that tops the tables votes from the Netherlands, Japan and the United States.

F1 Global Survey 2021 – Top 10 Favourite Drivers

Max Verstappen – 14.4%
Lando Norris – 13.7%
Lewis Hamilton – 12.5%
Daniel Ricciardo – 10.2%
Sebastian Vettel – 9%
Charles Leclerc – 7.4%
Fernando Alonso – 7.3%
Kimi Raikkonen – 5.4%
George Russell – 4%
Pierre Gasly – 2.9%

F1 Global Survey 2021 – Top 5 Favourite Teams

McLaren 29.5%
Red Bull 19.7%
Ferrari 17.9%
Mercedes 11.9%
Alpine 3.1%

Speaking in a virtual press conference to announce the survey’s results ahead of this weekend’s showpiece US GP in Austin, F1 president and CEO Stefano Domenicali said of the fans’ feedback: “Their views are very valuable to all of us, and we are extremely pleased for what we have heard. We take that very seriously.

“One very important element for us is it shows that today Formula 1 is the most followed platform internationally and this is really great. This is something that shows who we are and the things that we need to do in order to progress with this growth that we are living today.

“It’s clear that we are reaching new fans and people that are also coming to the sport with a different vision. So we need to respect the traditions of the ones who are super-avid about motorsport with the fans who are getting into this business.”

“The number [in the survey] is very encouraging because you need to consider the mixed feeling of having a more traditional fan less happy for the change while the new fans are really happy to see things moving in a different way,” said Domenicali.

“As it’s stated on the survey, we are not even thinking to go with all the Grand Prix in a different format. We are thinking that we can create a very fixed number, that I think will be six, in the next future with this format with changes that we are thinking about together with the teams to improve the quality of the offer.”

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DUTCH GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI SEP 03 FP1 11:30 - 12:30
FRI SEP 03 FP2 15:00 - 16:00
SAT SEP 04 FP3 12:00 - 13:00
SAT SEP 04 QUALI 15:00 - 16:00
SUN SEP 05 RACE 15:00 - 17:00

Drivers Standings

DriverTeamPts
Lewis HamiltonMercedes105
VerstappenRed Bull101
NorrisMcLaren68
LeclercFerrari52
BottasMercedes47
Sainz Jr.Ferrari42
GaslyAlphaTauri31
PérezRed Bull69
VettelAston Martin28
RicciardoMcLaren26

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