Lando Norris: “I’ve got a good gap going into the final round”


Lando Norris - Credit: Klaas Norg / Dutch Photo Agency / LAT Photographic

Lando Norris continued his remarkable rookie Formula Renault 2.0 season by extending his Northern European Cup championship lead by taking his fifth victory of 2016 as well as a second place at the Nurburgring.

It was another strong weekend for the whole Josef Kaufmann Racing team, with Norris forced to settle for second behind team-mate Robert Shwartzman in Saturday’s opening race, but the Briton was able to control race two from the front despite constant pressure from Max Defourny and tricky conditions.

“It was a pretty good weekend again, with a win, a second place and extending my lead in the process,” said Norris. “We did well to turn it around from our pace in practice to how we were in qualifying. It gave us the confidence going into the races.

“I’ve got a good gap going into the final round in a couple of weeks time, so hopefully I can go to Hockenheim and do what I’ve been doing.”

Norris holds a 48-point lead in the championship standings with just the finale at Hockenheim to go, but with three races and ninety points on offer, it is still all to play for, and the Briton insists he will not be changing the way he drives.

“The win has put me in a great position leading into Hockenheim,” said Norris. “I have a nice cushion, but I won’t be changing how I approach the races. I’ll go for the wins as always and hopefully it will be enough.

“For now, I have to put that to the back of my mind and concentrate on the next round of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 at Spa next weekend.”