Lando Norris says he came to terms with the misfortunes which frustrated him at times during his debut F1 campaign last year.Lance Stroll in Spain.
Norris had technical failures as well. These included a brake fire which put him out in Canada and a power unit problem which slowed him in France. More Renault troubled ended his races in Germany and Belgium – the latter striking him down one lap away from finishing fifth.
He admitted the problems began to frustrate him. “The first few I kind of didn’t get so annoyed about because I know it kind of happens,” said Norris.
“Then I had Spa, Paul Ricard and a few more. Canada. Then I got a bit more annoyed because it was happening a bit more regularly.”
However he came to terms with the disappointments as the year went on. “I had a couple more and it kind of got to the point where I was realising more it’s nothing I could change or affect. Or the people around me, it wasn’t our fault these things that happened. Just mistakes that are made.
“So kind of the first few I was quite easily able to forgive, the next lot were then frustrating because of Spa and everything, it was my best result. And then going to Mexico with a pit stop [problem] it was like, this happens, I need to move on, nothing I can do.”
Norris ended his first season 11th in the championship, 47 points behind team mate Carlos Sainz Jnr, who finished sixth.
“When I look back it has affected a lot of things, points in the championship and so on,” said Norris. “But a lot of it, not all of it, a lot of it’s been out of my control and the things I can’t change.
“That’s just something I need to forget and then go into next [season], something I don’t need to be thinking about.”
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