Lando Norris falls foul of track limits in Emilia-Romagna GP qualifying and loses third on Imola grid

Lando Norris admitted he was “pretty annoyed with myself” for the track limits transgression on his final lap that cost him a career-best third in Emilia Romagna GP qualifying.

Playing a starring role for McLaren throughout Saturday’s action at Imola, Norris briefly put himself into second place on the timesheet just behind Lewis Hamilton with a stunning lap of 1:14.454

But the lap was swiftly deleted by race control after Norris ran too wide out of the chicane. Had the 1:14.454 lap stood, Norris would have split the Red Bulls in third place. Instead, he will start behind team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in seventh.

Norris’ could not hide his frustration after, telling Sky F1 he was “pretty disappointed, pretty annoyed with myself”.

“It was a very good day until then,” he said.

“The team did an awesome job. The car really came alive in qualy, we made a lot of improvements in Friday, and that one lap that I don’t need to make a mistake on I messed it all up.

He added: “It’s the same for everyone. At the end of the day, it’s my mistake and I’ve messed it up. From the outside it looks a lot easier to just stay within the lines than what it is inside [the car].”

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