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Lando Norris

Norris learned from 'mistake' to earn Qatar podium drive

The McLaren claimed his third podium in a row at the Lusail International Circuit.

Lando Norris claimed he learned from the mistakes he made in the Sprint race to achieve his podium in the Qatar Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver finished in third from tenth on the grid, after gaining a lot of positions at the start.

Norris was close to his teammate at the end of the race, after a late pit stop gave him a tyre advantage on a new set of Hards.

The pair were separated by just 1.1 seconds at the flag, with Norris claiming his third podium in a row.

"It was a mega race from start to finish a good opening up, I learned from my mistake yesterday after going wide," said Norris.

"I told you I'd go tight [into Turn 1], I did and it worked out so good start. Good pace throughout the whole race, probably the best the best pace out there today.

"I'm happy, it was stressful, hot, sweaty. But great podium for the team, it is three in a row now."

Norris: Three-stop made race tougher

All of the drivers were forced into completing a maximum of 18 laps on each set of tyre due to safety concerns, which meant completing at least three pit stops.

Norris felt the three-stop strategy made it tougher, in what was already quite a physically challenging race for the drivers.

"I think the three-stop made it a lot harder, just physically you can push a lot more," explained Norris.

"Even the last stint you could pretty much push flat out. It was one of the hardest races I've done in a way, but it's a nice challenge."

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