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Norris: I just lost it, nothing else to say

Norris: I just lost it, nothing else to say

Norris: I just lost it, nothing else to say

Lando Norris’ hopes of a win in the Chinese GP Formula 1 Sprint Race on Saturday evaporated on the opening lap as he lost control of his McLaren while defending from Lewis Hamilton.

It was the simple case of going from hero to zero for Norris in less than 24 hours, after he bagged an impressive pole for the Sprint Race in China on Friday.

However a fast charging Hamilton challenged his compatriot hard off the line the pair going side by side for the firs corners but Norris losing out, going off track and rejoining in seventh. He ultimately finished sixth after Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso retired with a puncture.

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“I just lost it, nothing else to say,” Norris lamented. “Obviously [I] tried to keep it on the outside, but just with this tarmac, [I just ran] a little bit wide, coldish tyres and I just lost the rear.

“So a shame, but it happens. A bit frustrating, but anyway, I think we struggled a lot with our pace. I was just hanging on with the DRS, otherwise I would have dropped back massively. Our pace was pretty poor, then picked up a bit of damage at the end,” he explained.

It was definitely a disappointment for McLaren and Norris after the highs of qualifying, the Briton added: “Tough race, not what we were hoping for.

“But a few points and I feel like we probably would have ended up in a similar position, but Lewis ended up a lot further ahead. I feel like they [Mercedes] were quicker than us but not a lot.

“Definitely more points were up for grabs but obviously a few mistakes cost me,” the 24-year-old concluded.

Norris, who apologized to his team over the radio, will now be looking for qualifying to try and bounce back and maybe secure a better result in the grand prix on Sunday.