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Norris 'gutted' to miss out on pole position

McLaren's Lando Norris may be starting from the front row, but admitted to feeling some disappointment at missing out on his maiden pole position.

McLaren's Lando Norris was a mixture of elation and disappointment after qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix. The British driver missed out on pole position by less than half a tenth of a second, after a thrilling session in which he improved massively on his second flying lap at the same time that provisional polesitter Max Verstappen couldn't improve. Starting from the front row as a result, the British driver starts alongside Verstappen and ahead of Red Bull's Sergio Perez and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, an improvement on his already impressive fourth place qualifying result last week. "I feel epic!" a grinning Lando Norris told media after the qualifying session. "Yeah it was cool. I guess after last race, I wanted to do that one more step and I did two more so, yeah, it's nice. "It puts us in a good position for tomorrow, it was probably one of my best laps I've done. It was a good feeling!" Joking about the grandstands being packed full of Dutch fans wearing orange, Norris admitted to feeling a bit annoyed about missing out on that final half a tenth.. "The fans are cool here! Everyone in orange supporting McLaren, not Max!" he said. "It's cool to have them back. I know tomorrow's race is going to be tough but we did the best job we could today, I don't know how far I was off pole, I'm a bit gutted to miss out on pole. But I'm happy with P2 so.."

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RESULTS 2024 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix - Qualifying