McLaren’s Lando Norris says he celebrated his 21st birthday on Friday by going to “drift school” at Istanbul Park’s slippery circuit.
A massive lack of grip resulting from the Turkish track’s resurfaced tarmac and cool temperatures threw a spanner into the works of F1’s teams, with drivers slip sliding their way through both of Friday’s practice sessions
Lap times were nowhere near the teams’ simulated benchmark, with over 2.5 seconds separating the top-ten in FP2, a session that Norris concluded P10.
“It was a fun day,” said the 21-year-old. “It was drift school today, that was my birthday present and it was my first day of drift school ever. It was nice.
“It’s tricky in a Formula 1 car, a lot of power, a lot of downforce and big snaps. So most laps you’re crapping yourself a bit, especially the high-speed Turn 8 and so on, so it’s tricky but it’s also a lot of fun.
“It’s fun to push the car and be on the limit like that all the time, but it’s not so much you’re on the limit, it’s trying to build tyre temperature and so on.
“We have to try and figure out what’s the best plan for tomorrow in terms of laps put on a set of tyres versus to build the tyre temperature and not taking the life out of the tyre, but I’m sure everyone’s going to be thinking about that and how to do it.”
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