The 19-year-old will start his Grand Prix debut from eighth on the grid in Melbourne after McLaren's unremarkable preseason gave way to an unexpectedly encouraging qualifier.
Norris defeated Kimi Raikkonen's Alfa Romeo and Sergio Perez's Racing Point in the third quarter, as McLaren defeated every team in midfield except Haas.
Norris said he had "a lot of nerves" to qualify because he "never managed to pull it all together through training"
When asked by Motorsport.com if he thought he would At the end of qualifying, Norris said, "No way!
"I think we could make three runs in Q1, that we were unsure if I could do it in Q2, so we went to great lengths to achieve that.
"We only had one set of new tires for Q2, so we were not as strong in position as some of the other riders, but still in Q3.
"It's definitely not what we expected ̵
Mc Brown's F1 boss Zak Brown agreed with his new driver that eighth place was "above the point at which we would qualify" from the opening stages of qualifying and begins with 18th place, although the Spaniard was stopped by Robert Kubica just as the Williams driver failed in the first quarter.
"What you want is that your drivers do that their work is extremely good and does not make any mistakes, and both have done that," said Brown
. And since Lando is a beginner, you would understand if he made a mistake and he did not.  Sainz opted for two sets of tires compared to three for Norris as he felt "reasonably confident" after training.
He was eliminated from the first quarter after experiencing a "problem with the engine" He had time on his bank lap and was then only a tenth of a second slower than Räikkönen in 1 5.
"We went into a second run and I came in much faster, there was a tremendous course development and me Sainz said
But unfortunately I found Robert having a puncture in the last two corners, so you can imagine how frustrating that was.
"You can imagine that I'm disappointed because by then the weekend had been good and when the car is in Q3, you both want to have it there."
Carlos Sainz Jr. . McLaren MCL34
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