Lando Norris’ rollercoaster race ends on a high as British rookie is promoted to ninth place

Lando Norris’ rollercoaster race ends on a high as British rookie is promoted to ninth place at French Grand Prix

  • It was a rollercoaster of an afternoon for the McLaren man as he started in fifth
  • Lando Norris was pleased with how he managed the steering and gear problems 
  • He wrestled with hydraulic problems and finished 10th after losing three places
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Lando Norris, the 19-year-old British rookie, found out three hours after the French Grand Prix that he was being promoted to ninth place.

It was a rollercoaster of an afternoon for the McLaren man — he started in a career-high of fifth on the grid, dropped a place at the start, wrestled with hydraulic problems and finished 10th after losing three places when forced off track on the last lap.

The stewards called in Norris and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, who was deemed to have run off track and then blocked the teenager.

Lando Norris found out three hours after the French Grand Prix that he was being promoted

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Lando Norris found out three hours after the French Grand Prix that he was being promoted

The Australian was handed a five-second penalty for the mistake and the same again for an off-track pass on Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen. 

‘No regrets,’ said Ricciardo, who slipped to 11th, with Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly going up to 10th. ‘I tried. I’d rather that than sit back without a heart.’

Norris was pleased with how he managed the steering, braking and gear problems caused by the hydraulic fault.

He said: ‘The car was unpredictable but the fans voted me driver of the day. I’ll take that. I’m over the moon.’

It was a rollercoaster of an afternoon for the McLaren man after starting in fifth place

It was a rollercoaster of an afternoon for the McLaren man after starting in fifth place

It was a rollercoaster of an afternoon for the McLaren man after starting in fifth place

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