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Lando Norris: “Spa has been a very strong event for me”

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Lando Norris won twice at Spa-Francorchamps - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Lando Norris enjoyed a strong weekend at Spa-Francorchamps that included two race victories, although he slightly spoiled it by crashing out of race two.

The Carlin driver secured a trio of pole positions for the three races, although his opening lap, race two crash at Les Combes with Guan Yu Zhou saw him start fourth in race three thanks to a penalty, but despite this he found himself at the front of the field when it mattered in races one and three.

Norris defended superbly from Callum Ilott in the initial stages of race one before and after a safety car period before edging away, while he climbed from fourth to second in the opening two laps, passing both Ilott and Maximilian Günther down the Kemmel Straight, in the final race before a safety car period enabled him to close up on Zhou and pass him on the restart.

“Spa has been a very strong event for me apart from Race 2,” said Norris. “Two wins and fastest in all qualifying sessions was almost perfect and has allowed me to close up in the championship.

“Getting three ‘poles’ on Thursday was very good. I did a slightly better job in second qualifying. We’d improved the car between the two sessions, the track conditions were better making me happier in the car.

“I probably did my best start of the season in Race 1. I was under pressure but managed to hold Callum [Ilott] off. We had a Safety Car phase on the opening lap, which wasn’t ideal but I made a good restart and managed my pace to save the tyres.

“In Race 2 I had cars all around me and as I turned in, I locked-up the front-right [wheel]. I under-steered wide and tagged another car [Zhou] – it was my mistake.

“Race 3 was a relatively fun race. Starting from fourth wasn’t bad, my start was pretty good again, and I enjoyed the overtakes.”

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