Lando Norris: “Not what we had hoped for”

Lando Norris - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Lando Norris was disappointed to see an extremely strong debut weekend around the streets of Monaco be ruined by something out of his control.

The British driver had led the sole Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Series free practice session around the principality and then was fastest in qualifying, but the stewards relegated him to the back of the field due to an issue with the size of some screws on his Josef Kaufmann Racing machine.

From there and with very limited green flag running in extremely wet conditions, Norris was unable to move forward sufficiently enough to score points, but left Monaco still in the championship lead due to half points being awarded in race and main rival Max Defourny only finishing third.

“It was really disappointing,” said Norris of his qualifying exclusion. “The screw that was used was just a few millimetres bigger than the normal one, but it was in the rules and when it was discovered meant I was penalised.

“It was my first time racing at Monaco – and on a street track – and I topped the times in practice and qualifying, despite racing against drivers who had raced on street tracks before.

“But it was a little mistake that cost us – even though they said there was no performance gain through it.

“I raced well and could have still finished 11th, but a late crash saw them take the result back to lap six. We had good pace, but obviously it’s not what we had hoped for.”