Norris primed for Turkish delight

06 October 2021 20:22:46 GMTPlus11
Lando Norris suffered heartache in Russia last time

Lando Norris has shrugged off Sochi heartache and insists he's "ready to go" again at this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul.

The young Briton was just two laps from a maiden Formula One win in Russia before mistiming a pit stop in the rain to hand Lewis Hamilton his 100th career win, and he is 40/1 to make amends by taking the chequered flag at Istanbul Park on Sunday.

Rain halts dream story

The 21-year-old had barely put a foot wrong in Sochi two weeks ago until the final couple of laps of the race.

Norris, in just his third season with McLaren, had clinched his first ever pole position and in changeable weather conditions was heading for a magnificent race win.

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But when rain started to fall he stayed out while his rivals pitted for wet-weather tyres and it proved a calamitous misjudgement. By the time Norris did pit he had been overtaken by Hamilton and eventually trailed home in seventh place.

Signs remain positive

Hot on the heels of a career-best second-place finish in Italy a race earlier, however, Norris is showing he can compete with the top drivers and is confident he can deliver another eye-catching drive in Turkey.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to the track after a disappointing end to the last grand prix," Norris told reporters.

"Since then I've been spending a lot of time in the simulator, learning from the experience in Russia, and I'm ready to go again.

"The Turkish circuit is a real driver's track and I'm glad we're heading back there again. We'll be pushing hard to score as many points as possible."

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