Lando Norris broke his steering arm after hitting the inside barrier through the final corner during the Jeddah street circuit race. The team quickly made the necessary repairs to avoid any further delay. However, they could not get him on track in time for qualifying, which means he will start from 19th place. Norris admits that his mistake is inexcusable and resulted from his misjudgment. Despite his mistake, the MCL60 car’s pace looks promising for the race, as stated by Norris, enabling his teammate Oscar Piastri to progress into Q3 with the ninth-fastest time.
While describing the error, Norris went on to mention, “It’s probably one of the easiest corners on the track, in terms of judgement. I just got it wrong. Simple as that. No excuses.” Norris is unhappy with his mistake as he knows that the MCL60 car has the potential to do better than his starting position. Perhaps he can fault himself for not meeting his full potential in the race.
Talking about the consequences of the damage, Norris stated that he could feel it and that the steering went straight away. Although the mechanics worked hard to repair the damage, it was almost done by the end of the session, and would have been fine had he gotten into Q2. Norris is confident in his ability to move up the ranks with the pace of his car. Still, the narrow, high-speed circuit may make it difficult to overtake, so progress will depend on avoiding collisions and hoping that VSC or safety car situations will help him jump through a couple of positions at once.