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F1 | Norris “unhappy” he couldn’t battle for more points after Brazil opening lap clash with Sainz

Lando Norris on the collision and McLaren’s fight with Ferrari for third place in the Constructor’s standings.

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F1 | Norris “unhappy” he couldn’t battle for more points after Brazil opening lap clash with Sainz
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A tough race for Lando Norris in Brazil, as he had to climb his way up from the back of the grid after a first lap collision with Carlos Sainz. Norris had a great start from P5 and managed to catch the Ferrari around the outside on the run to Turn 1. The two, however, collided before Norris could complete the overtake, forcing the McLaren to pit for a new set of tyres after suffering a puncture on the left rear.

"I had to start turning left for the corner and the guy on the inside also knows that, so you have to respect each other, right?”

"I'm a bit on the right side, I'm going to be coming back on at some point, and obviously it benefited them a lot more than us, in the long term,” he said during a session with media.

Norris believes there was nothing more he could do to prevent the collision.

"I don't know what else I'm meant to do. I've gone to the right, there was a gap, I had a much better start - miles better start - and I can't just keep looking in my mirrors the whole time, and I can't see it from above where I am,” he explained.

"I put my car in the best place I thought I could. I don't want to crash, so I thought I would need space, but it wasn't enough."

Despite this he crossed the finish line in P10, scoring the only point of the weekend for McLaren, as his teammate Daniel Ricciardo was forced to retire following a sudden power loss.

With Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finishing respectively 5th and 6th on Sunday, Ferrari is now 31.5 points ahead in the Constructors' Championship.

"Of course, it's frustrating, because I scored one point and could have scored quite a few more,” said Norris referring to the increased gap.

A gap that could have been less significant despite Ferrari looking stronger in Sao Paulo.

"Probably Ferrari were still quicker than us, but I would have been ahead of them at the start and they would have had to fight for it quite a bit, I reckon,” he continued.

"I think we still had good pace, we could have given a good battle throughout the whole stint, so it could have been a lot more, but it wasn't, so I guess that's why I'm unhappy."

A disappointing Grand Prix for the Woking team that is now looking forward in hopes of catching Ferrari and securing the third place over the last three races of the season.

"I think there's a few more tracks coming up, which I'm hoping will suit our car quite a bit more than here and the previous few races. But Ferrari are strong. Don't get me wrong, they're probably a stronger package altogether at the moment, so we'll keep pushing.”

"We could have beaten them [in Brazil], I think, even when we didn't have a car quite as quick as them, so I'm sure there's definitely more opportunities,” said Norris.

"It's going to be difficult [to secured third] unless they make any big mistakes, but we'll try."

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