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Lando Norris

Norris 'destroyed' floor after Spa qualifying mistake

The McLaren driver was out-qualified by teammate Oscar Piastri at Spa.

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Lando Norris "completely destroyed" the floor of his McLaren Formula 1 car after an early off in Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying.

During the wet conditions of Q1 at Spa-Francorchamps, Norris speared off the track at the Paul Frere corner approaching the run to Blanchimont, skating across the gravel on the outside.

He was able to continue on and would eventually qualify in seventh place, about three-tenths of a second behind teammate Oscar Piastri while carrying the significant damage.

Norris confesses to mistake

"I'm frustrated, I went off in Q1 and completely destroyed the floor," Norris explained to Sky Sports F1.

"I am happy to have made it to Q3 and only be a couple of tenths off what Oscar did - he did a good job.

"His middle sector was very strong, we were very poor on the straights so there are wins and losses, but I am happy. I could have been out in Q1, so I will take it.

"We tried to tape it and the team did a good job in getting as much as they could fixed, but I think it was too much to be competitive today.

"If we had a car that was together, if I didn't make the mistake in Q1, we could have had a slightly better day. We weren't miles off the guys ahead.

"I am happy to get what I got out of it, and it's frustrating because it was pretty close between us and some of the others, so hopefully we can turn it into a better result."

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