Lando Norris issues crap verdict on Miami GP track after inaugural F1 race

McLaren driver Lando Norris believes the surface at the Miami Grand Prix was not up to Formula One standards, saying it 'turned to c***' during the race.

Norris' running in Miami ended prematurely after contact from AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly resulted in retirement and the safety car being issued, making for another difficult weekend for McLaren.

Overall, the first Grand Prix race in Miami proved to be a hit but there were teething issues, with the track surface at turns seven and 17 tended to prior to the weekend, while they were resurfaced prior to Saturday's running.

Many drivers had complained about the lack of grip off the racing line, making it difficult to overtake, and Norris issued a rather frank assessment where he declared that, despite enjoying the track itself, the surface was nowhere near good enough.

"It was tricky. Honestly, I think it is a good race track. It is just the track surface is not what it needs to be. It is not at the level it needs to be for Formula 1. We come here, everyone expects a great race and we just can't do it because of the surface we are racing on. You see every time someone goes a little bit wide, you lose two seconds.

"I think also the track is tearing up and literally turning into crap so we have to start using all these kerbs because if you stay on it, it is just like oil or something.

"It was just terrible so they just need to rethink it and hopefully resurface it with something we know is actually working and gives good grip, makes good racing and things like that. Then I think it will be an even better weekend next year."

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Miami's maiden Grand Prix faced a wealth of expectations ahead of its debut and, while the atmosphere and environment lived up to that, the action on the track disappointed at times and drivers have been clear in their thoughts.

Prior to the race itself, Lewis Hamilton slammed the surface with the seven-time champion comparing the track to a 'B&Q Car Park', but Miami faced difficulties as it had to adhere to local regulations which meant for a different surface to other F1 tracks.

The Florida Department of Transportation dictates that certain materials, some of which have to be local, must be used in the composition of any surfaces laid.

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