Norris likely to feel 'very guilty' but he'll learn – Leclerc

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Norris likely to feel 'very guilty' but he'll learn – Leclerc

Charles Leclerc suggests Lando Norris will have last Sochi on Sunday feeling  "very guilty" after making the wrong strategy call while leading the Russian Grand Prix but insists the McLaren driver will learn from the costly mistake.

Norris had held an authoritative lead since lap 13 and looked set to fend off Lewis Hamilton until a rain shower wreaked havoc on the Briton's race with just a handful of laps to go.

As teams and drivers pondered whether to switch to intermediate tyres amid the worsening conditions, Norris made the call to stay out while Hamilton made the opposite move and pitted.

The McLaren driver's decision proved costly as the downpour intensified and forced those who had remained on slick tyres - including the McLaren driver - to head for the pits.

Norris rejoined proceedings well down the order to salvage a meager seventh-place finish, having missed a golden opportunity to score his maiden Grand Prix win.

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"I can imagine what he’s feeling because also he’s part of the decision process in those type of situations and he might feel very, very guilty," commented a compassionate Leclerc.

"But he’s an amazing driver. I think he has shown it very often this season. He has had a very strong season and I’m sure he will he will learn from it.

"It’s just a matter of time before his first win. I don’t think he should feel so down after the race he has done."

Norris' good friend George Russell - who knows what it feels like to lose a maiden win to bad luck or circumstances, having come close to glory in Bahrain last year during his one-off with Mercedes – echoed Leclerc's sentiment, and agreed with the Monegasque that a win is on the horizon for Norris.

"It's every driver's worst nightmare, to be leading a race, and you start seeing rain on your visor," Russell said.

"You're damned if you do box, you're damned if you don't box. You're in a lose-lose position.

"I've been there. It definitely hurts, but he'll recover. I guess you try and take positives from it, and he'll have a victory sooner or later."

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Ricciardo: More encouragement for McLaren despite Norris 'disaster'

Daniel Ricciardo says McLaren can take away more "encouragement" from its performance in the Russian Grand Prix, despite... The post Ricciardo: More encouragement for McLaren despite Norris 'disaster' appeared first on F1i.com.

Ricciardo: More encouragement for McLaren despite Norris 'disaster'

Daniel Ricciardo says McLaren can take away more "encouragement" from its performance in the Russian Grand Prix, despite the epilogue suffered by teammate Lando Norris.

Ricciardo concluded his day fourth on the track, just three seconds adrift of third-placed man Carlos Sainz, while Norris was left to ponder what may have been in seventh place after a belated switch to the intermediate tyres when the rain set in squandered his chances of success.

While there was heartbreak in the McLaren camp, Ricciardo felt there was a lot of encouragement to take away from the team's overall performance in Sochi.

"From a team point of view, the more I stand here and talk the more I understand Lando's race was a bit of a disaster at the end," Ricciardo told Sky Sports F1.

"It could have been a first or a second by the sound of it. From a team, there is encouragement with performance.

"There could have been more points today but we will keep looking at it."

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Although Ricciardo struggled in the closing stages of the race as conditions worsened, his own decision to pit earlier than Norris for a set of inters proved timely and beneficial.

"Normally we are the best judge for that because we are the ones feeling the track," he explained.

"But I am not speaking about Lando's situation but for me, it was clear and in hindsight, one lap earlier was even better.

"We still probably didn't perfect it, but it was the right call."

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Revisiting the start of the race, Ricciardo said that his launch from P5 on the grid had been "too good", but a lack of a slipstream cut his momentum.

"I think it is tough here because it is such a long run to turn one so the launch was in a way too good," he explained.

"At one point I had to lift because I was going to lose the slipstream, so I lifted to tuck back in and then all the good work was undone. Maybe on another circuit that launch was more beneficial but that was good.

"I lost positions but I got Alonso and Lewis back so it was net-even in the end.

"Personally, some moments were good, some not so.

"I am still eager to find some speed in the car, I am not sure it was as comfortable a weekend as Monza, a bit tricky and a bit compromised on Friday and I don't think we ever got back on top of it, so we will keep working on it."

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