Lando Norris was left to wonder what could have been after a creditable fourth place finish at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 21-year-old started the race from sixth, but rose up the order early on, passing Valtteri Bottas for third following the safety car restart.
Norris was then able to keep within touch of second-place man Lewis Hamilton, who had picked up a 10-second penalty, but saw his hopes of a podium or maybe more scuppered thanks to a slow pit stop.
“I don’t know what to say,” he said. “It was still a very good race at the end of the day, I’m still P4 in my home race, and that’s a good result from sixth yesterday. Just here, I just wanted that little bit more.
“I held onto third for the whole of the first stint, so we had pace to hold Mercedes off, not necessarily to catch them up and do anything else. But because of the pit stop, I didn’t get the chance to be ahead and defend for as long as possible. It would have been nice to fight for it and have that opportunity, but fourth and fifth for us as a team is still a good result.”
This weekend was just the second Silverstone Grand Prix that Norris has taken part in with a full crowd and he described sharing the experience with the fans as a “pleasure”.
“Fourth is still a very good result for us, so it’s not like I’m really annoyed,” he added.
“I’m just annoyed that I didn’t get the opportunity to fight and put on a good show and at least have some battling and some racing.
“It’s still been a fun weekend, it’s been a pleasure to have all the fans back, and it’s been a lot more enjoyable because of that, and means a lot more as a driver. Incredible – I can’t wait to come back next year and give it another shot.”