Norris: I am very energized and excited

Lando Norris feels good to be racing in Turkey after Russia heart break

After a character building experience in Sochi a couple of weeks ago, Lando Norris feels energized and excited for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix.

It was a race to forget for Norris in Russia, and “forget” is what the youngster intends to do, as he heads to this weekend’s race in Intercity Istanbul Park.

Norris was speaking to F1.com ahead of the race where he outlined his view of the Turkish race with the Russian Grand Prix in his rear-view mirrors.

“[I’m] very [energised and excited for this weekend], we’ve come off the back of two very good weekends, both from Italy and of course Russia, especially with how Russia ended I just want to get back in the car and try again,” he said.

“It’s not going to be a guarantee or anything that we’ll be able to do as well, we might not score another pole position or be able to get on the podium necessarily but we can still have a good weekend, get some points on the board and that’s the aim for this weekend,” Norris said, as he acknowledged the difficulty to replicate Monza and Russia’s McLaren heroics.

“I don’t know what kind of places we’ll be really strong at, what places we won’t be,” he continued. “I would say I don’t think we were expected to be quite as good in Russia as what we were as well so for us it’s just waiting and seeing.

“The anticipation is a nice thing in a way, but we’re not in a situation where we can say: here we’re going to be really good, here we’re going to be very good.

“We have a rough idea but just going out and driving, things can always change and the confidence of a driver can always change massively, we’ll see this weekend if we have another good one,” concluded the Briton.

Sunday’s race will be Norris’ second experience of the Turkish venue, known to be one of the best circuits ever to be designed by Hermann Tilke. He is fourth in the drivers’ standings on 139 points.