Lando Norris left frustrated by wrong strategy calls in British GP
McLaren's Lando Norris expressed frustration in the wake of his strategy leaving him sliding down the order at Formula 1’s British Grand Prix.
Norris ran as high as seventh in the early stages of his first home grand prix at Silverstone as he fought hard with the Renault of Daniel Ricciardo, having survived a brush with Pierre Gasly into Village.
Norris stopped on lap 13 of 52 for a set of Mediums tyres, but was not brought in again when the Safety Car was called for the stricken Antonio Giovinazzi seven laps later.
It bunched the pack and left Norris exposed as he needed to make a second stop later in the race.
Norris’ second stop left him 14th and while he recovered to 11th position it left him departing Silverstone unable to add to his points tally.
When asked by Motorsport Week about the catalyst of his problems in the race, Norris said: "The strategy, simple as that, we made the wrong decision under the Safety Car.
"We didn’t box when we should have done. Not gambling, but hoping a few more people would drop off at the end like Alex [Albon] did, but it didn’t happen.
"So, yeah, just in hindsight the strategy was the wrong thing but it’s not something we could have known as easily when we made the decision."
Despite qualifying eighth for his home race and running at the front of the midfield, the 19-year old was reluctant to lay blame at anyone's door and move forward.
"I still stand by the team, they did nothing wrong, we just didn't make the right choices.”