Norris wants Macau GP return in 2018

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Norris wants Macau GP return in 2018
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Nov 21, 2017, 12:59 PM

Lando Norris says he wants to return to the Macau Grand Prix next year to make amends for a weekend where he admits he did not prepare as well as he should have done.

Lando Norris, Carlin, Dallara Volkswagen
Podium: Lando Norris, Carlin, Dallara Volkswagen
Lando Norris, Carlin, Dallara Volkswagen
Lando Norris, Carlin, Dallara Volkswagen
Lando Norris, Carlin, Dallara Volkswagen
Lando Norris, Carlin, Dallara Volkswagen

The European F3 champion arrived in Macau the day before track action got underway, having been scheduled to take part in the cancelled Pirelli tyre test with McLaren in Brazil.

But despite a front row start in the qualification race, Norris says that struggles with adapting the set-up to the Yokohama tyres ultimately decided his fate – as he came home second behind fellow Briton Dan Ticktum.

And having not been able to crown his title-winning campaign with success in F3’s biggest race, Norris has said he is eager to come back in 2018 – even though he is poised to step up to F2 next year.

“I want to come back,” Norris told Motorsport.com. “I think most drivers, they want to come back next year.

"Next year is a long way away and it will be different drivers in it next year, so it is hard to say if I will come back. But it is something I want to do.”

Norris knows he had the perfect opportunity to win the Macau GP, having started the main race ahead of Ticktum.

“I came to Macau to win, and in some ways I didn’t prepare for it as much as I should have done and maybe I could have done – because I had focuses on other things,” he said.

“It was all a bit of a rush in the end to make FP1, and I was always slightly on the back foot. But I am not going to use it as an excuse.

“There is no reason I shouldn’t have won, I think we just didn’t put it all together as well as we should have done or could have done. But ending second I think is not too bad.”

He added: “Some teams adapted to the tyres better and that is a slight area where we struggled.

"So maybe next year, if I do come back and we are on the same tyres, we can work more to having better tyre life at the end of the race.”

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Series F3
Event Macau GP
Location Circuito da Guia
Drivers Lando Norris
Teams Carlin
Author Jonathan Noble
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