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THE STRATEGIST: What could Norris have achieved with a better grid slot in Mexico?

Former Aston Martin Head of Race Strategy

Bernie Collins
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McLaren’s recent run of strong pace throughout both qualifying and on race day continued in Mexico, but for the first time in five Grand Prix weekends they came away without a podium finish. So what went wrong – and what was possible, especially had Lando Norris not had such an uncharacteristically poor qualifying session? Bernie Collins, former Head of Race Strategy at Aston Martin, dives into the data to find out...

The weekend started to unravel for McLaren in qualifying. Norris initially in Q1 ran on the medium tyres but was called to abort during his flying lap. He was told just before the stadium section at the end of the lap to box, for what was later reported to be a fuel issue.

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