Norris: I let myself, McLaren down for the first time in Germany Q1

Lando Norris says he let himself and his McLaren Formula 1 team down for the "first time this season" during qualifying for the German Grand Prix

Norris: I let myself, McLaren down for the first time in Germany Q1

Norris will start tomorrow's race from 16th on the grid after he was eliminated in Q1 following a late improvement for Alfa Romeo's Antonio Giovinazzi.

It meant he missed out on a Q2 berth by being just 0.055s slower than the 15th-placed Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat.

Carlos Sainz Jr eased into Q2 and qualified seventh after making into Q3, and Norris's starting position is his worst qualifying result in his rookie season.

"I just didn't put my sectors together when it counted and that cost me," said Norris.

"There was nothing too much [in terms of time loss] - a quarter of a tenth. Very small mistakes which cost that much and [stopped me from] getting into Q2 today.

"I'm frustrated but at the same time it's the first time this year that I've left myself and the team down. The car was there or thereabouts where it needed to [be].

"But this is the first time I've let the team down when there was more potential in the car, and Carlos was in Q3 again. [I] need to move on and look to tomorrow."

Norris, who like Sainz has been retained for 2020 after a strong first season at McLaren, added that he had a "small" amount of oversteer on his flying lap, and his car was running noticeably close to the ground in Q1, causing sparks to fly from his front end.

"Nothing was missing, we struggled a little with the car this weekend, so it hasn't been as easy as the other weekends," added Norris.

Norris also appeared to hinder Alexander Albon's qualifying run in Q1 after the Toro Rosso driver closed in on the McLaren at the first hairpin late in the opening segment of the session.

Albon qualified 17th behind Norris and complained about his rival over the team radio.

When asked if he feared he would get a grid penalty over the incident, Norris said: "No, I was on a push lap.

"I pushed and he started the lap behind me, I've got nothing to be worried about."

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