Lando Norris has hailed his performance during the Singapore Grand Prix, after saying it was looking like one of his worst weekends during the 2022 season.
The team struggled during Friday practice to make it into the top 10 and, despite qualifying in sixth, he was hoping that it would be one of the "most difficult races in F1 to overtake" after the session.
While there weren't that many on-track overtakes for position, McLaren managed to make use of the late Safety Car and pit both their cars to bring home a top five finish.
"Friday looked like one of our worst weekends so far and I think on pace, we were still a mile off," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.
"I think we just did a very good job, both Daniel [Ricciardo] and myself and the strategy team. But Alpine were probably at least half a second quicker in complete wet or dry conditions.
"We were expecting them to be P4 and P5 this weekend. Neither [Alpines] finished in the points and it ended up being the opposite way round."
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Norris: Singapore GP "one of the most difficult races I've done in F1"
Given that the Singapore circuit is often known for being one of the toughest races on the calendar, Norris says the added tricky conditions meant it was one of the hardest races he's had to compete in his F1 career.
"I think we were in for P4 for the whole time," he added. "Lewis [Hamilton] crashed on his own, Max [Verstappen] went straight past me, so we were fighting for P4 just on pure merit.
"It was a fun race, like probably one of the most difficult races I've done in Formula 1, just because of the level of concentration needed and clearly how easy it was to make mistakes."
After both Alpines retired with power unit-related problems, McLaren now move four points ahead of them in the Constructors' Championship with their double points finish.
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