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Lando Norris

Norris 'couldn't see a thing' in 'scary' first laps of Turkish GP

The spray caused by mixed conditions at the Turkish Grand Prix was worse than at previous tracks, according to Lando Norris.

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Lando Norris admits that poor visibility caused by the spray at the Turkish Grand Prix left him struggling to see anything during the opening laps.

The race was hit by mixed weather conditions, with the track taking a long time to dry due to cloud and drizzle remaining throughout the afternoon. This left a lot of water on the circuit and Norris was surprised by how bad this was.

"The laps to the grid I basically couldn't see a thing," Norris told select media, including RacingNews365.com.

"I was quite scared, actually, [at] how bad it was. But I think the first lap I managed to get a gap and control it very well from then on.

"I think it's because the water sits on the surface quite a bit. It obviously didn't dry, so there's always that bit of water, and I think it's not like down in the cracks of it [the asphalt]."

The Turkish Grand Prix is not the first race this season to be affected by difficult weather conditions.

Rain caused problems during the final laps of the previous race in Sochi, with Norris perhaps the most affected given that he narrowly missed out on a debut victory in F1 as a result.

Meanwhile, the Belgian Grand Prix was called off after only a few laps behind the Safety Car due to the poor visibility caused by torrential rain.

Despite this, Norris thinks that the spray in Turkey was a "little bit" worse than at other circuits.

"But it's terrible at other tracks, probably every other track you go to. It just stayed bad for a little bit longer," the Briton explained.

"On lap one, it was more like an oily water rather than just water, if that makes sense. So it became like a bit more blurry and stuff, as well as the water going into the visor."

The race at Istanbul Park was a reasonably quiet one for McLaren, with Norris finishing in seventh whilst teammate Daniel Ricciardo ended the day in P13.

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