Norris said he’d “a bunch of nerves” moving in to qualifying because he’d “not managed to put it altogether ” through training.
Asked by Motorsport.com when he thought he would be in the last part of qualifying, Norris said: ldquo;Definitely not!
“” I believe that you can tell by doing three runs from Q1 we were a bit unsure if I will make it into Q 2, thus we put a lot of effort in to trying to achieve that.
“We had only 1 set of new tyres for Q 2 so we weren’t in as strong a position as some of the other drivers, but got in to Q 3.
“It’s not what we were expecting – everyone else, the team, myself along with also you guys [the media]. ”
Norris’s team mate Carlos Sainz Jr was knocked out of the launching phase of qualifying and will start 18th, although it is exacerbated by the Spaniard being held up by Robert Kubica just as that the Williams driver had an off at Q1.
“What you want your own drivers to do is to accomplish their job exceptionally well rather than make mistakes, and so they both did that,” said Brown.
“Along with Lando being a newcomer, you would certainly be understanding when he did make a mistake, and he did not. ”
Sainz chosen to make use of two sets of tyres in qualifying, in contrast to three to Norris, since he explained he felt “pretty confident” after training.
He had been pumped from Q1 after suffering a ldquo;problem with all the engine” which cost him time on his lien, and then lapped just 1 tenth of a minute slower than Raikkonen in 15th.
“We went in to another rush and that I had been to arrive even more quickly, there is a enormous path evolution, and I had been to arrive with a lap good enough to the top ,” Sainz explained.
“But unfortunately I came across Robert with a puncture going into the past two corners, so you can imagine how frustrating that was.
“You can imagine that I ’damn frustrated, because up until that point that the weekend was good, so when one car is in Q 3 that you want to have both of them “
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