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Norris thrilled after ‘pretty much a perfect lap’ bags second career F1 pole

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 22: Pole position qualifier Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren

Lando Norris expressed his satisfaction at the lap that usurped Max Verstappen and delivered the second pole position of his Formula 1 career during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Verstappen led the way after the opening Q3 runs around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, only for Norris to charge to the top of the timesheets by two hundredths of a second with an effort of 1m 11.383s.

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It means Norris will lead the field away at the start of a Grand Prix for the first time since F1’s visit to the Sochi Autodrom back in 2021.

2024 Spanish GP Qualifying: Lando Norris crosses the line to seal pole position

“It was pretty much a perfect lap,” said Norris after qualifying. “You know when you’re on a good lap when you’re getting excited, but the whole thing went perfectly in the end.

“So close, still, but super, super happy, one of… I think my best pole position. I’ve not had many, but out of the ones I’ve had, [this is] the best. We’ve been close all weekend, but really this was just about a perfect lap, and that’s what I did today.”

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Pushed on the pace he and McLaren have displayed over the last couple of days, Norris continued: “It’s not just this weekend, we’ve been quick the last two months, since Miami we’ve been very strong. We probably missed out on a pole by just not doing a perfect lap, and today was the perfect lap.

“I would say Max and Red Bull seemed a little bit stronger all weekend than what we did, but we made some changes for the final run, I had some little places to improve and I did exactly that, so I’m super happy to be on pole.”

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 22: Pole position qualifier Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren and

Norris came out on top in a close battle with Verstappen

Now Norris’ attention will turn to Sunday’s 66-lap Grand Prix and converting pole into victory, with not only Verstappen for company at the front of the grid, but seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.

“That’s our target, but I know it’s going to be tough against Max, against Lewis, and everyone behind, but we’re here to win now, so that’s my plan,” he stated.

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It was not such a smooth session for the other McLaren of Oscar Piastri, who wound up 10th in Q3 after a deleted lap time for track limits and an excursion at Turn 12, though he will gain a spot on the grid thanks to Sergio Perez’s three-place penalty.

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