The British driver achieved his best-ever finish at his home race, snatching an early lead before ultimately placing second behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Norris was obliged to pit during the safety car phase initiated by Kevin Magnussen’s Haas halting on the track, and was outfitted with hard Pirelli tyres, unlike Verstappen and Hamilton in third place, who were on softs.
This decision forced Norris to exert extra effort to warm up his tyres, with the two British racers putting on an exhilarating wheel-to-wheel duel during the first two laps back at racing speed between Brooklands and Copse.
Despite this, Norris managed to disrupt Hamilton’s DRS and clinched second place, marking his first podium since the Emilia Romagna GP the previous year.
Responding to a query about the race, Norris enthused, “Yeah, pretty incredible. I’d like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the entire team. Their work has been phenomenal.
“None of this could have been achieved without their dedication, so it’s quite remarkable. It was quite a feat to endure the battle.
“They put me on hard tyres. I’m not sure of the reason – they’re still learning some aspects – but yeah, the duel with Lewis to keep him at bay was incredible.
“Perhaps I made a few too many errors, but I did my best. I challenged Max for as long as I could.
“It’s a lengthy, solitary race when you’re simply in the middle. But it’s awe-inspiring.”
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60, Oscar Piastri, McLaren MCL60
Photo by: Andy Hone / F1 Flow Images
Discussing his tyre strategy, Norris conveyed that the soft tyres “seemed a little more logical”, but given his second-place finish, he was “quite satisfied”.
He also felt his teammate, Oscar Piastri, deserved to be third after the stellar performance he displayed all weekend.
Norris elaborated: “Yeah, I think they were keen to give me a little more of a challenge. That’s what Zak conveyed, probably Zak made the decision on that one.
“Yeah, I mean, I would have preferred the softs. They seemed a bit more logical, especially with the safety car out, but it doesn’t matter. I am P2 so it’s all good.
“Quite remarkable. I mean, during the whole in lap I was just trying to acknowledge everyone, so a massive thanks to all the British fans out here supporting all of us, and for McLaren.
“Honestly, we should have secured P2/P3. Oscar did an incredible job all weekend and he should have been P3 today without the safety car.
“It’s unfortunate, he deserved it. But yeah, the fan support was phenomenal. So, a huge thanks to all of them.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Lando Norris McLaren Tyre Strategy
What was Lando Norris’ best finish at the F1 British GP?
Norris achieved his best-ever finish at his home race, the F1 British GP, where he placed second behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
What tyre choice did McLaren make for Lando Norris during the British GP?
During the safety car phase initiated by Kevin Magnussen’s Haas halting on the track, McLaren opted to equip Lando Norris with hard Pirelli tyres.
What was Lando Norris’ reaction to McLaren’s tyre choice?
Norris stated that he was unsure why McLaren chose to put him on hard tyres and felt that soft tyres “seemed a little more logical”. Despite this, he expressed satisfaction with his second-place finish.
Who does Lando Norris think deserved to finish third at the F1 British GP?
Lando Norris felt that his teammate, Oscar Piastri, deserved to finish third after his impressive performance throughout the weekend.
How did Lando Norris perform against Lewis Hamilton at the F1 British GP?
Despite being equipped with hard tyres, Norris managed to disrupt Hamilton’s DRS and maintain his position. He describes his duel with Hamilton as “incredible”.