McLaren’s Lando Norris has expressed his frustration after a disappointing performance in the qualifying session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The young British driver described his own driving as a “sh*t job” after failing to advance to the final round of qualifying.
Norris, who has had an impressive season so far, could only manage the 11th fastest time in the second qualifying session, missing out on a chance to fight for a top grid position in the final shootout.
In a post-qualifying interview, Norris did not hold back in his assessment of his own performance. “I did a sh*t job today,” he said. “I didn’t do a good enough lap when it counted, and I made a mistake on my final attempt. I just didn’t pull it all together.”
The 21-year-old’s frustration is understandable, as he had shown strong pace throughout the practice sessions leading up to qualifying. However, the tight and competitive nature of the midfield battle meant that even a small mistake could prove costly.
Despite the disappointment, Norris remains optimistic about his chances in the race. “We have a good car and a good chance to make up positions tomorrow,” he said. “I just need to put today behind me and focus on the race.”
McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl also offered words of encouragement to Norris, emphasizing that the team’s focus was on maximizing their performance in the race.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be the final race of the 2021 Formula 1 season, and Norris will be eager to finish on a high note after an otherwise successful campaign. With a strong showing in the race, he could still salvage a positive result and end the season on a high note.