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Lando Norris

Norris rues missed race victories in Qatar

Lando Norris had strong pace throughout the Qatar Grand Prix weekend and scored a third-place finish in the race.

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Lando Norris has stated that he could won both the F1 Sprint and the Qatar Grand Prix last weekend if not for mistakes during qualifying.

The McLaren driver was on course to set the fastest lap time during Sprint Qualifying before running wide at the final corner.

His best lap time was deleted during the Q3 qualifying segment for the main race, demoting him to 10th on the starting grid.

Norris managed to recover in the Grand Prix to third place, securing his third consecutive podium of the season.

However, the 23-year-old believes a much bigger result was on the cards.

“I don't know how much quicker Max could have gone in qualifying,” Norris told media including RacingNews365.com.

“But I guess if I want to be honest with myself, I should have fought for two pole positions this weekend. And potentially two victories. I know it's a big thing to say.

“I think if things went well, if I just did a better job and didn't make the mistakes I did over the last two days, which is why I've been so frustrated, because I knew what was on the cards, what we were able to potentially achieve. And that was victories.

Red Bull has been defeated just once this season when Ferrari capitalised on a rare difficult weekend for the Milton Keynes-based squad in Singapore.

Norris, who is still awaiting the first F1 win of his career, is frustrated that he was unable to spring a stronger attack on Max Verstappen, who won the race.

“I feel like it was a weekend of missed opportunities for myself to take the fight to Max and at least give ourselves that opportunity,” he said.

“There’s good things and bad things. I feel like I've missed out and didn't do what I should have done and achieve what I should have achieved.

“I'm definitely still happy with a P3. I can't take anything away from that. But in the back of my head, I know I should have done more this weekend.”

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