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Norris: I can bring the fight to both Mercedes

Norris: I can bring the fight to both Mercedes

Norris: I can bring the fight to both Mercedes

Lando Norris is adamant he can take the fight to George Russell and Lewis Hamilton in the 2024 British Grand Prix after qualifying third behind them on Saturday.

Norris tried to put on a brave face after being beaten to pole in qualifying at Silverstone by Russell, while Hamilton being second dropped him to the second row on the grid which he will share with Max Verstappen who was fourth.

Norris was tipped as favorite since the first moment his McLaren MCL38 Formula 1 car ran in anger around Silverstone on Friday, but was lacking at the end of Q3 of qualifying.

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“I’m happy with P3,” Norris said in McLaren’s qualifying report. “Three Brits locking out the top three positions at the British Grand Prix is pretty cool.

“Both George Russell and Lewis Hamilton did great laps and an excellent job. I made a little mistake on my part at the end, but we’re still in a good starting spot. It’s going to rain again tomorrow, and I’m excited to put on a good show.

“It’s going to be a good race for the fans. I know we’re quick, so I can bring the fight to both the Mercedes,” the Briton concluded.

Oscar Piastri was down in fifth at the end of qualifying despite showing flashes of speed over the course of the weekend, but failed to deliver when it mattered.

A disappointing result for Piastri

Piastri said: “A bit of a disappointing result in the end. We had the pace and ability to be further up, but I got stuck in traffic on my last lap.

“The car is quick, and we have solid race pace, so anything is possible tomorrow, especially with the weather. We’ll review it this evening and make sure we give it everything tomorrow,” he added.

McLaren Team Principal summed up his team’s Saturday afternoon, he said: “It was a well-executed Qualifying in mixed conditions at Silverstone today, until the final run in Q3 where we did not fully capitalise.

“We were able to progress through the sessions relatively comfortably. The first run was promising, but then, in the second run for both Lando and Oscar, we didn’t have the possibility to improve, and this meant we missed out on a better result.

“On Lando’s side, his last lap was a little untidy, while Oscar needed to fight for position on the out lap, ending up too close to Carlos Sainz when opening his final lap.

“Going into tomorrow, we are still in a very strong position for the race. We will maximise our preparation and try to look ahead in the race,” Stella concluded.