The McLaren driver was in sixth place at the start of the Saudi Arabian GP when he took advantage of the safety car for Mick Schumacher’s crash to make a pit stop.
He lost more than the drivers in front who also stopped, falling back to 14th place as the cars that chose to stay jumped him.
However, any tactical advantage was lost when the red flag was presented and those who had not stopped were able to change tires before the restart.
Norris suffered the same fate during the Italian and Tuscan GPs last season.
“It’s happened a few times, like obviously at Monza last year, you just get a free pit stop and it ruined our race,” said Norris.
“I think Mugello ruined our race too, and here the same. Of course I’m always on the wrong side so it probably sucks more for me than anyone, but I think it’s just a very unfair rule that should be taken away.
“I think they should replace it with a mandatory pit stop with two different sets of tires to use, and then I think that’s okay. But that ruins everything, to be honest. You’ve put in so much effort. to have it removed for a stupid rule. “
Norris said he had previously discussed the matter with FIA race director Michael Masi during driver briefings.
“I already talked about it when it happened the first time, and when it happened the second time. I can say whatever I need, or want, or believe in, but i don’t write [the rules].
“Obviously that makes it exciting from a TV standpoint, so if that’s what they want to focus on and they want the sights to stay put, then of course keep it. But I think so. that it ruins the race from my point of view, ruins the effort you put into it. “
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M
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Norris eventually recovered to finish 10th, a result that followed two similar results and a ninth in the three previous races.
“It sucks, because I think we deserve a lot more, we did a much better job than the shows,” he said when asked by Autosport about his recent race.
“Of course I made a few mistakes there, I have to admit that like in Brazil. Qatar and here we should have scored some good points.
“Both times we should have beaten Ferrari as a team and at least picked up a few points. That might not change the end result. We should be much closer than where we are.
“But because of the circumstances, through the rule, and obviously the tire blowout a few weeks ago, then there’s nothing we can do no matter how hard or how fast we are. feared. “