The Woking-based group didn’t have massively excessive hopes for the weekend in Singapore and had been maybe in harm limitation mode with Alpine trying sturdy.
Norris managed to get his automobile into the highest 10 throughout qualifying, although, and was duly joined within the prime 10 come the top of the race by Daniel Ricciardo, who navigated tough situations properly to rise to P5, while each Alpine vehicles retired earlier than the top of the GP.
Reflecting on the outcome on Sunday, Norris mentioned:
“It was the very last thing that we anticipated after FP1 and Friday.
“We had been in for P4 the entire time. Lewis [Hamilton] crashed on his personal, Max [Verstappen] went straight previous me, so we had been preventing for P4 simply on pure advantage.
“It was a enjoyable race, in all probability one of the tough races I’ve carried out in System 1, simply due to the extent of focus wanted and clearly how simple it was to make errors, lock up and go large, hit a moist patch or no matter.
“Wonderful. Much more so for Daniel and the technique from their aspect to get him as much as fifth on a day the place our opponents didn’t rating any factors was even higher. I’m tremendous, tremendous blissful.”
“On Friday, it appeared like one in all our worst weekends up to now and I believe on tempo, we had been nonetheless a mile off. Not in situations like as we speak. We did an excellent job, each Daniel and myself and the technique group.
“Alpine had been at the least in all probability about half-a-second a lap faster in full moist situations or full dry situations, possibly much more than that.
“We had been anticipating the alternative. We had been anticipating them to be P4 and P5 or P5 and P6 this weekend and us to possibly not even end within the factors and it ended up being the opposite means round. So a pleasing shock.”