In the round-up: Lando Norris says he did his homework to make a start which propelled him from 19th to 10th at the start of the Sakhir Grand Prix.
What they say
Knowing he would start from the back row following a power unit penalty, Norris reviewed onboard videos to plot the best route through the field at the Sakhir Grand Prix:
[I made] a really good launch. I reviewed a lot of videos, probably every single onboard from last weekend for both starts, the first one and the one after the red flag, to try and figure out what’s the best line to do and where people generally try to go and so on.
So I did my homework and all of it paid off on the first lap and I was 10th. So things were looking very hopeful at that point.
But after, not so much; I struggled for pace throughout the race, not quick enough. I just had to try and hang on to 10th more than anything. I’m disappointed considering lap one was so good and there was all of a sudden a lot of potential. But after that, we didn’t have the pace to do anything else.
Quotes: Dieter Rencken
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