While their rivals have struggled, McLaren have once again continued their trend of competing at the front. After taking his maiden sprint win in Qatar, Piastri has not been able to continue his good Saturday form.
Since the halfway stage of the season, there have been three rounds that have included the sprint format. McLaren and specifically Piastri has enjoyed the two previous ones in Belgium and Qatar. The Australian rookie finished on the podium ahead of Norris on both occasions and even stood on the top step in Losail.
In Austin, Norris was able to get one in on his team-mate as he qualified ahead of Piastri in both ordinary and sprint qualifying.
Feeling confident about the team’s chances for the races, Norris specified that he has been enjoying the increased amount of sprint events.
“Yes, I'm satisfied," Norris said after the shootout. "I did a better lap today than yesterday, but it was still not enough to get a pole. I felt better in the car than yesterday, but I wasn't the fastest.
“I believe this format shows a driver's talent better than the typical race weekend.“
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