F1 | AustrianGP | Norris ''extremely happy'' with third in Austria
McLaren driver Lando Norris was delighted with his third podium of the season after carving his way through the pack to finish third after receiving a five-second penalty earlier in the race.
Lando Norris was euphoric as he left the Red Bull Ring on Sunday night after securing his third podium of the season in today’s Austrian Grand Prix.
On what was the eve of the first anniversary of his first podium in Formula 1, Norris secured the first front-row start of his Formula 1 career with second alongside championship leader Max Verstappen; however, the Brit had his race compromised after picking up a five-second penalty on Lap 20 after the stewards had deemed that he had pushed Sergio Perez off the track at the restart.
To make matters worse, the Brit was then passed by Lewis Hamilton for second on the same lap as he received his penalty, with Norris losing third to Valtteri Bottas in the pit stops as he served his penalty on Lap 30.
But with Hamilton’s car damaged, Norris quickly caught up on both of the Mercedes and eventually repassed the seven times World Champion with 16 laps to go to secure third place and the fourth podium of his Formula 1 career.
"I'm extremely happy with today’s result. Another podium and a lot of points for us as a team. A very good day. The only thing that's disappointing is the fact we could've been P2, but at the same time that's also a big positive. Our pace today was extremely strong, especially in the second stint against very fast cars and against Mercedes.”
Norris now hopes to take this momentum into the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in a fortnight's time as he enters the weekend third in the drivers' championship.
“A lot of positives and altogether a very good day – a huge thank you to the whole team for their hard work and giving me such a great car. We'll keep pushing to take this momentum into our home race at Silverstone in a couple of weeks."