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Lando Norris has been plagued with various issues in Austria this weekend, including a significant brake problem that ruined his chances in qualifying. 

The McLaren driver faced his first issue in the only Free Practice before qualifying, forcing the team to take out his newly added power unit for an older, more degraded version. 

Given the team's battle with Alpine in the constructors, and the Q3 appearances of Alonso and Ocon, this was a disastrous first day for the Woking-based team. 

Norris explained his difficulties to the press post-qualifying, dejected that he missed out on Q3:

"We're just on the back foot with braking… and it just doesn't allow us even to do a lap at the minute.

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We had a [engine] failure this morning - but we didn't start on the back foot. 

We started fine, I think the car had some decent pace, and we should have been in Q3 today.


I have the confidence in the car when things are working to be in Q3, but just the engine issue this morning, lost a lot of laps, and they were low-fuel laps – so Q1 was my first feeling of low-fuel, higher grip.

Just on the back foot comparing to other teams, and now even more issues in qualifying, which means in the middle of the braking zone, the car just goes straight on, which is pretty scary.

But hopefully, we can fix it for tomorrow."