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Norris: Not a lot more I could ask for

Norris: Not a lot more I could ask for

Norris: Not a lot more I could ask for

Lando Norris admits that he couldn’t do much better than P4 in Qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Norris will start the 56-lap event on Sunday on the second row, and will have Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso alongside him as the latter qualified P3. His teammate Oscar Piastri wasn’t far off as he set the fifth quickest time in Q3.

Unlike in the Sprint Qualifying session, main Qualifying failed to throw up any surprises. Current Championship leader Max Verstappen placed his Red Bull RB20 on pole position while teammate Sergio Perez claimed the other front row grid slot.

The Briton was unable to replicate his heroics in the aforementioned Sprint Qualifying, where he put his McLaren on pole during a tricky session with ever-changing weather and track surface conditions.

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It went downhill from there for Norris however. He was overtaken on the run to the first corner by Lewis Hamilton in the Sprint race, and lost control of his MCL38 as he attempted to brave it out around the outside of his fellow Brit. The 24-year-old ultimately ended the Sprint in sixth position.

What can Norris expect to achieve from P4 on the grid for the Chinese Grand Prix?

Happy with the outcome

Norris: Not a lot more I could ask for

When asked about his feelings following Qualifying by Sky Sports F1, Norris was overall positive with his fourth place result. He said: “I’m very happy. It was close with Fernando. Not a lot more I could ask for.

“The Red Bull is clearly in a different league this weekend both in qualifying and race pace”, stated the McLaren driver.

On his developing rivalry with Alonso in 2024, Norris added: “It was still a good day. Would I have loved to be ahead of Fernando? Yes. Is two hundredths in the car? Yes. It is what it is and a good position for the race.

“We are getting a lot out of the car. It’s just tyre degradation, thermally looking after the tyres we are not at the level we need to be”, Norris concluded.

The Chinese Grand Prix will start at 08:00 BST (15:00 local time) around the Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday April 21st.