The Qatar Grand Prix was characterized by punctures. Four drivers had to deal with failing Pirelli tires and where the tire manufacturer itself is not yet completely sure of the cause, Lando Norris does not hide his opinion.
“It is clear what the cause is, I’m just not allowed to say it,” the McLaren driver says in conversation with the media. “They (Pirelli, ed.) should make better tires. It’s very dangerous and it just shouldn’t happen.”
“If there had been a wall there, it would have been much more dangerous,” Norris continues. The Brit is therefore absolutely not happy with the Pirelli tires. He says that he did not ask much from his tires and that he was unable to do anything to prevent the blowout.
Blowout came out of nowhere
“It’s dangerous for us as drivers. We risk a lot every time. If we can’t just drive a Formula 1 car around the track, what can we do. I haven’t done a very long stint, 20 or 25 laps or whatever. I just have to be able to drive around the track, right?” Norris wonders aloud.
Valtteri Bottas stated earlier that he had not received a warning and Norris also says that the tire unexpectedly punctured. “You don’t expect the tire to fail. Certainly not on the hard tire and we weren’t even that far into the stint. On every track you pay attention to the tires, because of course they wear out a bit. But you don’t expect that you suddenly have a flat tire.”
Ferrari ends up on McLaren
The McLaren driver, before the tire blowout, had picked up good speed in Qatar and looked set to take a lot of points. “I was very happy with that. I was able to push a lot with the car and we should have been P4. I think if we had done everything right, maybe we could have fought for P3.”
Instead, the Briton finished ninth, behind the two Ferrari drivers. “But we should have had a lot more points than Ferrari this Sunday and come back a bit (in the championship, ed.). I know they have a big lead and it’s even bigger now.”
Ferrari has earned that lead, according to Norris, because they ‘achieved it themselves’. “But if you have days like today and there’s just nothing you can do about it. Then that really sucks,” concludes the McLaren driver.