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Lando Norris

Norris reveals qualifying expectations after impressive practice run

Despite an outwardly impressive run to P2 in second practice at the Hungaroring, Lando Norris is playing down his chances of challenging for pole on Saturday.

Norris Hongarije
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Lando Norris has dismissed suggestions that he might be able to fight for pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix, after an impressive performance in Friday's second practice session at the Hungaroring.

Norris' best time of 1:18.662 in the afternoon session was bested only by Charles Leclerc, prompting speculation that he may be competing at the front in Saturday's qualifying session.

Asked by Sky Sports F1 whether this would be realistic, Norris simply replied: "No!"

The Briton added that his pace was likely aided by McLaren choosing to run a more powerful engine mode than other teams during FP2.

"Things are feeling good, the car's in a good place," said Norris.

"It seems to be suiting this track or characteristic a little bit more, but we're always a little bit quicker in FP2 than what we end up being normally.

"We turn up a little bit more than others do just to get to our first reading of qualifying, which is what we've done today, but we know everyone else – especially Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes – normally step it up a lot for tomorrow."

Norris confident for weekend ahead

Despite dismissing the possibility of fighting for pole position, Norris is feeling confident for the rest of the weekend.

"I think we're feeling good. I think I can be happy in saying that," added Norris.

"The car's in a reasonable position, probably a little bit ahead of where we were in Paul Ricard, but I'm not expecting to be fighting for pole or anything.

"We're just in a better position than we were."

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