McLaren Strategy Comes Under Fire From Fans For ‘Bottling’ Lando Norris Pole – WTF1

McLaren Strategy Comes Under Fire From Fans For ‘Bottling’ Lando Norris Pole

Q3 was set to be one of the most exciting sessions of the season, we’re sure of it! It was looking close at the top, with Lando Norris looking particularly strong heading into the final shootout for the top grid spot, but unfortunately, the incoming storm had other ideas.

Lando topped the timesheets at the end of Q2, but with the skies getting darker and darker and raindrops beginning to fall at the start of Q3, it was clear you had to get your first lap in quickly.

With the temperature dropping, the conditions became trickier to navigate as time passed. The McLarens were among the last cars on track, and neither went particularly fast (with Oscar Piastir even going off).

Lando qualified in P7 but will start Sunday’s grand prix in P6 after George Russell was given a two-place grid penalty for impeding at the pit exit. He was visibly frustrated, telling F1: “The car was amazing. It was quick enough to be quickest today and on pole, so pretty gutted [to end up] the way we did.

“Easily quick enough, so disappointed. Another disappointing Saturday, not a lot we could have done.”

Fans are frustrated, too, with many feeling that the team takes too many risks at times like these.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that McLaren has left it too late to send their drivers out on track – it was a similar story already last year in Brazil.

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