The strategy had not been correct in the Istanbul qualifying for the Woking team because they had played it to ride the Intermediate when the track was still for the extreme rain. With this decision, both MCL35s did not make it to Q3 and their grid positions worsened due to the penalties they received. However, Carlos Sainz had had a really positive race, placing him ninth after the first lap, although his partner had not had a similar performance. Lando had gotten off to a difficult start, losing position to Daniil Kvyat, and only advanced due to the mishaps of Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Ocon at Turn 1.
Also, with the difficulties of the wet track and being trapped behind the Alpha Tauri and the single line made it difficult to get into the Top 10 at the beginning. The young Briton was disappointed with his start because it had held him back for the rest of the race. Despite the initial measures, he was recovering and being the fastest of the entire session at the end and finishing eighth.
Norris managed to climb, despite the exit
“The start was probably the worst of my entire career. Every time we had clean air and we had a good distance with those in front, the car revived and we had a good pace, but it was always difficult to be in that situation. It was a game of patience. There was a complete contrast because we finished well, but we did not start the same way. Overtaking had been good, I had been lucky with Daniel and George because it was so difficult to overtake that you had to take risks. a line to follow, when you got out of it, you lost the car “, concluded the McLaren driver in words for F1i.