Lando Norris has described the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix as “one of the scariest things” he has ever done, after a race spent fighting to survive in wet conditions.
The young Briton came into the weekend fighting tonsillitis symptoms but out-qualified his teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, by nine positions on Saturday.
His impressive performance continued on Sunday as he finished sixth in hazardous conditions and took the bonus point for fastest lap, all while Ricciardo was unable to break into the points.
Norris explains challenge of racing in the wet at Monaco
The race was not without its challenges with Norris doing his best to set out just how difficult racing in the rain at Monaco can be.
“It was very [challenging]. I can’t describe how tough driving a Formula 1 car is in wet conditions around this circuit. It’s one of the most nerve-wracking, scary things I’ve ever done in my life. It’s so tough,” he said, speaking to Sky Sports F1.
“You want to push because you know that other people can make mistakes but, when you think like that, that’s when you start to make mistakes yourself.”
Norris pleased, despite ending race behind Russell
Norris’ aim on race day was to finish as best of the rest behind the Red Bulls and Ferraris. But despite losing that title to George Russell during the pit stop phase, Norris was happy with his afternoon’s work.
“It was still a good race from start to finish. We were managing the tyres. There are some things we maybe can improve on and do better for next time because I don’t feel like it was a flawless race from our side with strategy and things like that,” he continued.
“I’m still happy with sixth. It’s still some good points and the fastest lap, so even if I finished P5 I only would have gotten one more point, which is something but it’s not the end of the world.”