Runner-up Norris admits disappointment
20 November 2017 – Lando Norris conceded he was "a little disappointed" to miss out on victory at the Macau Grand Prix, after finishing runner-up to compatriot Daniel Ticktum.
Norris, who clinched this year's European F3 title, arrived in Macau after "33 hours of travelling", having had to fly in from Brazil, after landing just before McLaren's F1 tyre test was called off amid security concerns.
Norris claimed provisional pole position on Thursday but fell behind Joel Eriksson at the conclusion of Friday's session, and lost places at the start of Saturday's qualifying race due to a clutch issue.
Norris, from seventh, moved ahead of Pedro Piquet at the start of the Grand Prix, and held fourth when Eriksson and Callum Ilott clashed, as he battled Maximilian Günther for third.
Norris overhauled Günther, but both were usurped by Ticktum, who went on to triumph when long-time leaders Sérgio Sette Câmara and Ferdinand Habsburg crashed at the final corner.
McLaren-backed Norris, who will make his Formula 2 debut at next weekend's Yas Marina round, admitted he was left slightly underwhelmed by his result.
"I came to Macau to win and finish off what has been a phenomenally successful F3 season on a high," said Norris.
"So I'm a little disappointed having only achieved second place especially as Carlin gave me a great car – as they have done all season.
"I was pretty tired on Thursday but ended up on provisional 'pole' after fitting two new tyres. That was a big step forward but in general I wasn't hooked up 100 per cent.
"I had a clutch problem off the line at the start of yesterday's qualifying race and I dropped to ninth.
"My pace was pretty good, making up places but then the tyres went off and I lost a couple of positions.
"Second place in today's GP is okay but credit to winner Dan who did a great move on me as I challenged Maxi for third going in to Lisboa."