The McLaren driver appeared to have the Sochi race beneath management late on, having held off a charging Lewis Hamilton for the lead because the race drew to its conclusion.
However a rain bathe that hit the observe just a few laps from the tip threw the occasion on its head, and opened the door for Norris to see victory hopes slip from his grasp.
Whereas Mercedes pitted Hamilton to take inters, Norris elected to remain out and attempt to maintain on within the entrance.
However because the rain received worse, staying on slicks was clearly the unsuitable alternative and Norris slid off the observe a number of occasions as he stopped too late and ultimately tumbled down the order to complete seventh.
Talking concerning the ache of shedding his shot at a maiden win, Norris instructed Sky: “I’m sad. Devastated in a means.
“I suppose we made a name to remain out. I believe we stand by that decision in fact. It was the unsuitable one at the tip of the day, however I decided simply as a lot because the workforce.
“In reality, it was extra that they thought I ought to field and I made a decision to remain out. So it was my choice. I assumed it was the way in which to go.”
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M
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Norris stated that the scenario on the finish of the race was particularly troublesome because it appeared initially, on the time Hamilton had stopped, that slicks have been really the faster tyre.
However it was the sudden downpour which soaked the observe that turned issues round quickly and wrecked issues for Norris.
“I felt I did every thing I may, even when it received tough on the finish,” he defined. “I made a few errors however nonetheless stored Lewis behind and began to drag away a bit bit.
“So it was a little bit of luck, just like the laps I used to be out earlier than Lewis boxed, it was I believe completely nice for the tyres I used to be on, and I received instructed the rain was going to remain the identical.
“If it was the identical quantity then we made the best choice and I believe staying out was the right choice. However it clearly received so much wetter than we as a workforce anticipated and that had us over ultimately.”
Norris stated making the decision to modify tyres was so laborious as a result of they have been so near the tip of the race.
“Particularly when there’s solely two laps to go,” he stated. “If there are 20 to go you might be perhaps not as aggressive with selections, however we did what we thought was proper, which I am sad with in fact. It was unsuitable on the finish of the day.
“Every little thing till then, the fellows did a superb job and have carried out all weekend. So I am proud of mainly every thing aside from that one choice which we’ll evaluate and hopefully strive not make once more.”