Lando Norris test drives the McLaren Elva during development
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Lando Norris says he’s adamant he won’t pick up a penalty ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix after an investigation was opened against the McLaren driver for his red flag procedure.
Charles Leclerc starts from pole for the second race in a row after being denied the chance to lead the pack in Monaco despite qualifying in first, with Lewis Hamilton second and Max Verstappen third.
Norris is due to start sixth on the grid on Sunday but has been summoned by the stewards for not entering the pit lane after a red flag was waved, and crossing the control line after the flag was shown
In one of four red flag breaks, Norris decided to stay out during a red flag during Q2, but was heard asking on his radio if he should come into the pits.
“I didn’t even know I was under investigation, I’ll have to speak to the team,” said Norris speaking to Sky Sports F1.
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“I was in the middle, and I was continuing my lap and I didn’t know at what point to turn left, or go right.
“I mean I slowed down straight away, I don’t feel like I did anything wrong and I was going at quite a high speed going into the pits at that time.
“I don’t know I need to speak to the team, but I don’t feel I’ve done anything wrong.”
Norris could face a 10-place grid penalty if he’s found guilty of the infringement, which is currently under investigation.
Still, as it stands he starts from sixth, another strong qualifying performance from a red flag disrupted qualifying session.
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“It was chaos really,” said Norris of the heavily disrupted session.
“I felt confident in Q3, It was a messy Q1 and Q2 so difficult to get a good reading and get a nice clean lap in.
“Q3 we did the used tyre before, for the first run and did a decent lap, but I could’ve gone quicker on a new tyre.
“It’s a shame we didn’t get that last lap in because we definitely could’ve been two or three spots higher, but it happens.
“It’s just Baku, something always happens which can go wrong, and today didn’t work in our favour.
“P6 is still a decent spot for tomorrow.”
It was also another tricky day for Norris’ team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who crashed out of Q2 after carrying too much speed into the left-handed Turn 3 and will line up only 13th for Sunday’s race.
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