Norris was operating third earlier than the cease, however the misplaced time time dropped him behind the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, and he additionally needed to discover a well beyond Fernando Alonso. He finally completed fourth.
Soon after the cease he was heard on the radio saying “****ing great” after he realised that he had been jumped by the Finn.
“I would love to have thought so, yeah,” he mentioned when requested by Autosport if he might have stored third.
“Of course these have been my feelings on the time, not too completely happy to return out in that place.
“But ultimately whether or not or not we might have hung onto third place is the query, as a result of Mercedes have been quite a bit faster within the second stint and in comparison with everybody, they in some way took an enormous step ahead.
“I do not know what we might have achieved, however a minimum of right here at Silverstone in entrance of the followers I simply would have beloved that likelihood to combat. We did maintain them off, not simply however fairly nicely within the first stint. We by no means received inside DRS.
“I would have had a chance, I reckon. I had the motivation from everyone around to go for it and push for it.”
Norris admitted that the wait within the pits had felt like an eternity.
“It does feel like a lot, yeah,” he mentioned. “I don’t know what it was, eight seconds or something? At that point all I needed was an alright pitstop and I would have come out ahead of Bottas.
“And then the worst factor was I got here out behind Fernando, which meant I could not push on the primary lap in any respect.
“I destroyed my tyres which meant the whole stint was compromised just from pushing so much on that first lap to try and gain something back, so it was like a double loss that I had.”
However, he had no complaints concerning the cease.
“The boys have done a good job all season and they’ve made steady progress all the way throughout and the pitstops have been getting better and better, and this is my first bad pitstop I would say of the whole season.”
At one level there was some confusion when the crew instructed him to lose a tenth within the high-speed corners to guard the automobile after he picked up a tyre vibration, and Norris initially thought he’d been instructed to realize a tenth.
“He was speaking on the finish of the straights but it surely’s like excessive revs and stuff so it was a bit laborious to listen to. I believed they have been saying to attempt to achieve a tenth within the excessive pace, which I used to be like I’m not too positive, I’m already risking quite a bit!
“And it was actually lose a tenth to be on the safer side, so yeah, I didn’t hear him clearly, but it was all good.”