British GP: Lando Norris says McLaren’s qualifying display ‘makes up for everything’ and jokes Max Verstappen ‘ruins everything’

Lando Norris and Oscar Piatri finished second and third for McLaren in British GP qualifying as Max Verstappen won pole; Watch the British Grand Prix live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Showcase on Sunday at 3pm, with a build-up from 1:30pm

Last Updated: 08/07/23 9:06 PM


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McLaren’s Lando Norris and Oscar Piastre join Karun Chandhok in the Skypad to reflect on qualifying in second and third place respectively for the British Grand Prix.

McLaren’s Lando Norris and Oscar Piastre join Karun Chandhok in the Skypad to reflect on qualifying in second and third place respectively for the British Grand Prix.

Lando Norris admitted it was “pretty insane” to be so close to claiming pole position at the British GP and joked Max Verstappen “always ruins everything” after missing out on the Dutchman.

The 23-year-old Briton will give McLaren his first front row start since 2008 at Silverstone on Sunday after a stellar performance on Saturday, where he briefly held provisional pole position until Verstappen took pole by a quarter of a second. did not complete its final flying lap for Second.

But it was a great afternoon for the Woking-based team as Oscar Piastri claimed P3, giving McLaren their best qualifying performance of the season, while the upgrade to the MCL60 proved a huge step forward in performance.

Norris said, “I was close! Two tenths of a P1 in Q3, pretty crazy.”

“My last lap was a good lap. I could hear Zak (Brown) on the radio in the lap which was the best thing ever. I think it’s great from me, but also from both of us It’s good to finish second and third, so wonderful for the whole team.

We take a look back at the story of a dramatic qualifying session when Lando Norris achieved a sensational P2 at Silverstone

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We take a look back at the story of a dramatic qualifying session when Lando Norris achieved a sensational P2 at Silverstone

We take a look back at the story of a dramatic qualifying session when Lando Norris achieved a sensational P2 at Silverstone

“It’s always Max! He always ruins everything for everyone! No, I’m so happy. It’s been a very special day for us.

“It compensates for everything, all the hard work we’ve been doing – especially the new livery here, with the home races for me and the team. Many thanks to everyone.”

Norris revealed that he was watching the big screens around the circuit after he crossed the line to see if he could grab pole.

“There are so many TV screens around the circuit, I was trying to watch each one. I was surprised how long I stayed on top,” he said.

“It just depended on when Max was going to cross the border. I guess I’m a little surprised, I wasn’t expecting us to be here, or myself to be here. We Very happy with the result.

“If Max made a mistake it was more so than if we were faster than him. I had a good lap, no mistakes, it was a cleaner lap than my Q3 run lap.”

Can McLaren claim the podium on Sunday?

McLaren team principal Zak Brown reflects on a successful qualifying session with Lando Norris and Oscar Piatri qualifying second and third on the grid.

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McLaren team principal Zak Brown reflects on a successful qualifying session with Lando Norris and Oscar Piatri qualifying second and third on the grid.

McLaren team principal Zak Brown reflects on a successful qualifying session with Lando Norris and Oscar Piatri qualifying second and third on the grid.

McLaren’s qualifying performance was even more surprising as they had shown a lack of one-lap pace during Friday practice.

But McLaren CEO Zak Brown was encouraged by the fact that his long-term pace looks like he can fight for a podium finish from his starting slot.

“We had a really strong race pace yesterday. We were stronger in qualifying than in the race (normal), but yesterday was the opposite,” said Brown. Sky Sports F1,

“I feel confident about the pace of our race and of course we are looking forward. It would certainly be nice if we could see the podium.

Lando Norris was overwhelmed with emotion after securing P2 in qualifying behind Max Verstappen in front of his home crowd at Silverstone.

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Lando Norris was overwhelmed with emotion after securing P2 in qualifying behind Max Verstappen in front of his home crowd at Silverstone.

Lando Norris was overwhelmed with emotion after securing P2 in qualifying behind Max Verstappen in front of his home crowd at Silverstone.

“I don’t think we can win it on pure pace. Max has got everyone covered, we have to be realistic about it, and the pace of the cars behind us is great too, so we’ll have our hands full tomorrow.

“It’s just Andrea’s hard work [Stella, team principal] And everyone at McLaren – the upgrades are working, the team is implementing and the drivers are driving. We will have to face ups and downs, this is definitely the high of the season. Let’s see what happens in tomorrow’s race.

“In Austria we have always been strong but you feel this track is specific. But we have made a step forward and now we are in the game.

“I think our season started in Austria which was a bit late because everyone else came to Bahrain and it looks like we have good pace. We need to keep our feet on the ground as this is just qualifying .

“We have more (upgrades) to come. No one is sitting still and this is incredibly close so we have to keep our heads down and keep trying.”

Sky F1's Ted Kravitz looks back at all the big buzz from qualifying to the British Grand Prix

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Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz looks back at all the big buzz from qualifying to the British Grand Prix

Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz takes a look at all the big buzz from qualifying to the British Grand Prix

Piastri: The car was like a rocket ship

Oscar Piastre claimed the best qualifying performance of his novice F1 season by qualifying P3 behind Norris and ahead of the two Ferraris and Mercedes.

“Very, very, very happy. What a qualifying session – we were almost out in Q1 and then in Q2 and Q3 the car was a rocket ship,” said the Australian.

“It’s a huge result for the team as well. It’s a huge result for both of us to get here and now we just have to try and stay here tomorrow.”

“We had a little tough day yesterday, we were a little faster than we looked. We did a better job today, these are the conditions, we do well in them all the time. We had our moments like that but to do that in the third quarter is a Had a great result and now we’ve both got new parts in our car and they’re working really well.”

Sky Sports F1 Live British GP Schedule (All F1 sessions on Sky Showcase)

Sunday 9th July
8:10 am: F3 Feature Race
9:50 am: F2 Feature Race
11:50 AM: Porsche Supercup
1:30 PM: Grand Prix Sunday – British GP Build-up
3 PM: British Grand Prix
5pm: Checkered flag: British GP reaction
6 p.m.: Ted’s Notebook

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