Norris' F1 China sprint pole lap down to "all or nothing" approach

Norris had his penultimate timed lap deleted for track limits at Turn 16, but his 1m57.940s follow-up ultimately proved unbeatable during a wet and slippery final part of sprint qualifying – which yielded multiple mistakes across the field.

This lap was initially chalked off for track limits as well, suspected to be a result of Norris going off at the final corner of the previous lap, but it was successfully demonstrated that he lost time at the start of that lap and he had it reinstated.

Norris explained that he had to continue pressing on despite the treacherous conditions, as tyre temperature was vital to finding any purchase on a recently resurfaced Shanghai circuit.

“It was tricky,” Norris reflected after the session. “You’re always nervous going into a session like this, especially for quali when you know it’s going to rain. I know I was quite happy with how it was in the dry; I think we have had good pace all weekend so far.

“So I got a bit nervous but the conditions were you have just got to risk a lot, you have got to push, build tyre temperature and so forth.

“But I was quick, I just kept catching the Ferrari, so I had to keep backing off. I didn’t do the first few two laps like well at all and I got a good final one: a good enough one for pole. So I’m happy. Sad it is not for proper qualifying, but good enough.

“The first two I aborted on both, so I was like: the last lap was all or nothing. But it’s getting wetter and wetter. So actually the conditions for the final two laps were a lot worse than the second lap at least.

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL38

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL38

Photo by: Mark Sutton

“I was a little bit nervous that I made a few mistakes, started to aquaplane quite a bit. But it’s good fun. It gets your heart going. To end up on top is exactly what we wanted.”

Norris explained that he had “not a clue” what to expect in Saturday’s sprint, especially given the minimal practice on offer during a sprint weekend.

He felt that if further rain emerged, then McLaren would be in a good position, but that the team had managed to hone in on a decent setup for all weathers despite tentative expectations to struggle in China.

“We did some of our homework this morning; we did some consecutive laps to try and understand but depends what the weather is. There’s still a chance of rain tomorrow.

“If it’s like this then I think the chances are relatively decent. But the race is still very different to qualifying.

“I’m sure everyone’s going to catch up a bit tomorrow. But the pace is good whether it’s wet or dry and I think we’re in a good position. It’s a bit of a surprise, but I’m very happy the team have done a good job, the car is feeling good. And so am I. And it’s paying off.”

OTHER NEWS

12 minutes ago

Furious John McEnroe proved right over French Open treatment of Rafael Nadal

12 minutes ago

Trump Is Treating Big Donors Just the Way Citizens United Intended

12 minutes ago

Tories just 12 points behind Labour in new election poll

12 minutes ago

Eric, review: Sesame Street meets Taxi Driver in Benedict Cumberbatch’s gripping drama

12 minutes ago

IPL 2024 Impact XI of the season: Travis Head-Sunil Narine as openers, Virat Kohli at 3, Bumrah and Starc with new ball

12 minutes ago

10 Thrilling Mystery Novels to Read on the Beach This Summer

12 minutes ago

No, you can’t smell fentanyl

14 minutes ago

Live updates: Powerful storms tear through Houston area again

14 minutes ago

Albert Ruddy, Oscar-winning producer of 'The Godfather' and 'Million Dollar Baby,' dies at 94

15 minutes ago

Timeline shows when showers, storms could impact Chicago area

15 minutes ago

HubSpot shares jump on talks of potential Google deal

15 minutes ago

What is Manhattanhenge and when can you see it?

15 minutes ago

Bengals' Taylor not worried by Tee Higgins, Ja'Marr Chase absences

15 minutes ago

Dan Evans exits French Open as his frustrating run of losses continues

15 minutes ago

Can Keir Starmer really be called a socialist?

15 minutes ago

Credit card spending the leading reason why 78% of Americans have debt regret: survey

15 minutes ago

Robert De Niro criticizes Donald Trump outside the courthouse in New York: ‘He will never leave’

15 minutes ago

Kyiv says talks on France sending military instructors to Ukraine are ongoing

15 minutes ago

How Often to Water Your Tomatoes—and the Best Way to Do It

15 minutes ago

NBA prospect Devin Carter discusses the influence of his father, a former player and coach

15 minutes ago

Democrats Change Convention to Help Joe Biden

15 minutes ago

"Full panic mode": Experts say Trump mad he's "finally being treated like any other defendant"

15 minutes ago

BGT's Ravi's Dream star opens up on battling brain tumour - and what got him through his diagnosis

15 minutes ago

Trump demanded $25m campaign donation to have lunch with businessman

15 minutes ago

‘Eddie doesn’t have a clue about hurling’ – Former Ireland rugby coach O’Sullivan and Galway County Board criticised after exit

15 minutes ago

Liverpool Transfer News Today: Ederson bid, Robinson 'would leave', Ouedraogo update

15 minutes ago

Neo-Nazi makes it through to second round of German regional election

15 minutes ago

Trump defense trashes trial star witness Michael Cohen in closing arguments: ‘The GLOAT. Greatest liar of all time’

15 minutes ago

Donald Trump Could Face Another Lawsuit

15 minutes ago

Biden campaign edges in on Trump trial media frenzy with De Niro outside court

15 minutes ago

Meghan Markle would have a new royal title - even if she was no longer Duchess if Sussex

15 minutes ago

Obama Calls Bill Walton One Of The Greats Of All Time As Tributes Pour In For NBA Legend

15 minutes ago

Biden campaign dispatching two ex-Capitol police officers to Arizona to warn about Trump

15 minutes ago

Zelensky secures further promise of military aid as he continues EU tour

15 minutes ago

EDD Says It Is “Not Taking Action To Ban” Loan Out Corporations In California After Hollywood Guilds Sound Alarm

15 minutes ago

‘Blue Sun Palace’ Review: Critics Week Award Winner Tells Story Of Grief And Rebirth In New York Chinese Community – Cannes Film Festival

15 minutes ago

Unruly passenger on B.C. flight forces plane to turn back

15 minutes ago

Titan sub 2.0? Billionaire plans to take US$20M sub to Titanic wreck

15 minutes ago

Taco Bell returns to Regina, making it Saskatchewan’s 3rd franchise

21 minutes ago

Renderings show what new concourse at O'Hare Airport could look like