Lando Norris fights back tears as he acknowledges he made a mistake as McLaren fails to win the Russian Grand Prix.
After missing out on his maiden Formula One victory at the Russian Grand Prix, Lando Norris was devastated.
Lando Norris of McLaren was left crying in the aftermath of the Russian Grand Prix after missing out on his first Formula One victory in Sochi due to weather that disrupted the final few laps of the race.
Norris had only a few laps left in the race when rain began to fall in the pitlane after a battle to hold off reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton.
With only eight laps remained in the race, Mercedes was on the radio to inform Hamilton that there was a threat of heavy rain, which was expected to intensify before the end of the race.
With Hamilton trailing Norris by less than a second, the 21-year-old was spotted slipping in his McLaren, clinging to the lead as the track grew slick due to the dry weather tyres.
Hamilton was first instructed to pit, but after Norris chose to stay out as well, the seven-time world champion followed suit.
The rain, however, went from a few spots to a downpour, forcing Hamilton to switch to intermediate tyres, despite Mercedes’ assurances that more rain was on the way.
However, Norris remained in the race, but he struggled to keep control of the McLaren as the space between them shrank second by second, and he spun off, allowing Hamilton to regain the lead.
Norris limped back to the pits as Hamilton sped by him to win his 100th race in Sochi, with Max Verstappen finishing second after starting in P20.
Norris, on the other hand, was left crying. “I’m not sure where to begin.” “I’m unhappy, devastated in a manner,” a visibly upset Norris told Sky Sports F1.
“We took the decision to remain outside, and we stand by it.” At the end of the day, it was the wrong decision, but I had a hand in it just as much as the rest of the team. It was more that they suggested I box, and I chose to remain out.
“It was my choice; I thought it was the best option.” It doesn’t seem to change all that much.
“I had the confidence beforehand that I could do it (lead a race), and I’ve had that confidence for a long time.” So I don’t believe that has changed. “Brinkwire Summary News” says it’s only a smidgeon.