Lando Norris believes second place in the Brazilian Grand Prix was the best result McLaren could have expected.Max Verstappen home after running behind him for the majority of the race.
It was Norris’ seventh podium finish of the season and the sixth time he has taken second place in 2023. After the race, Norris described his afternoon as “very good”.
“It couldn’t have gone much better, to be honest,” He said. “Good pace, similar to yesterday, which is the main thing.
“A much better start in the beginning to get from sixth to second, which was a nice surprise. My start yesterday was not so good so I tried to work on it and it got better.”
However he admitted he didn’t get away as well at the restart when he lined up alongside Verstappen. “At the second start I was just a little bit aggressive on it,” Norris said. “I’m still happy.”
Norris now has 13 podium appearances in his career without a grand prix victory, equalling the record held by Nick Heidfeld. Despite missing out on a win once more, Norris says he feels he achieved the best result he could have hoped for.
“P2 is as good as you can get nowadays and for the time being,” he said. “But very happy for the rest of it.”
Norris challenged Verstappen for the lead soon after the restart but was rebuffed by the Red Bull. It was the closest he would come to getting ahead of Verstappen on merit during the race.
“There’s little bits where the tyres come back to you a little bit and then you can push on, but Max always seemed to have an answer to everything,” Norris explained. “Which is a shame, but fair play to him – he drove a good race.
“So tough with the wind conditions and everything, but P2 is a good result.”
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