Lando Norris is elated to have the “best seat” for the final title fight on Sunday in the UAE.

Norris crossed the line third-fastest overall, and will start the Abu Dhabi GP on the second row. It seems like he was sandbagging during practice, given how he was massively underperforming there.

However, practice is not what counts, and the McLaren driver set the charts alight with his lap time. The team’s recent struggles meant this result was as much a surprise to them as it was for the fans. It also means that the Englishman will be right behind the championship protagonists in Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

Norris is elated to have the “best seat” for the final title fight on Sunday, and expressed his happiness at starting P3.

“Massively pleased,” he said, as quoted by Formulaspy. “Very surprised to be here. Also very happy at the same time, obviously.

“I think we were confident all weekend that we could get to qualifying and put in a good performance, but probably not to be this high up on the grid – so yeah, very happy, especially with my lap I did in Q3. It was definitely just putting it all together.

Norris excited to have “the best seat” for the title fight
A jubilant Norris (pictured) after qualifying. Source:

“So there was that potential and it gave me some good confidence to go into the final run – if I just have a clean lap, if I just put it all together then I can pull off a good lap – and I did exactly that. Very happy with myself to perform when I needed to, and to be this high up the grid.”

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“I think I’m in the best seat for tomorrow, so I’m very excited to see everything unfold, to see what goes on,” he continued excitedly.  

“I think it’s just a genuine pleasure to be in this position, to see everything that’s been going on this season between Max and Lewis and to watch the battles, to watch the racing because I have a lot of respect for them.

“Yeah, I’m very happy to be P3, not only because it’s a good position to start, but because it gives me the prime position for the view tomorrow,” he concluded.

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