Devastated F1 star Lando Norris has been tipped to bounce back quickly by his fellow racers after a strategy error led to a maiden race victory slipping through his fingers.
The McLaren ace qualified quickest in Sochi and led for much of the Russian Grand Prix, but one mistake cost him the win he worked so hard for and desperately wanted.
Heavy rain swept in off the Black Sea and dowsed the track, causing a mass rush to the pits as the racers scrambled to fit intermediate tyres.
But Norris gambled, preferring instead to stick with his slicks in the hope of completing the last few laps before he lost too much grip.
Sadly for the 21-year-old, he struggled for control as a result, allowing the other drivers to catch up, and by the time he'd made it into the pits he had been overtaken by eventual race-winner Lewis Hamilton.
"Heartbroken," was Norris' one-word social media verdict following the race, after he told Sky Sports: "Pain for me and pain for the team. We lost this together. I feel so bad, will do for a while probably, it's just how much it means."
While Norris will be feeling sorry for himself right now, plenty of his rivals across the paddock have affirmed their belief that the 21-year-old will continue to put in stellar performances on the track.
Good friend George Russell said: "It is every driver's worst nightmare, leading a race and the rain starts coming down.
"I feel really bad for him. I have been there, I know how it feels. He will have plenty more victories to come."
Ferrari racer Charles Leclerc also took the risk of staying out on slicks – a call which cost him a points finish.
"I can imagine what [Lando is] feeling because also he's part of the decision process and he might feel very, very guilty," the Monegasque star said.
"But he's an amazing driver. I think he has shown it very often this season. He has had a very strong season and I'm sure he will he will learn from it. It's just a matter of time before his first win."
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And Hamilton, who benefitted from Norris' mistake to claim his 100th win in F1, said: "Lando did such an amazing job, he had incredible pace.
"He's doing such a great job for McLaren and it was obviously very bittersweet to see my old team ahead. They're doing so well, obviously they won the last race.
"Obviously the team made a great call right at the end. I didn’t want to let Lando go, and of course I didn’t know what the weather was doing."
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