Norris was within a tenth of Max Verstappen’s pole position time but made a mistake in the hotel section at the end of the lap.
Norris couldn’t hide his disappointment afterwards.
“Of course. A lot. The car was very good out there,” he said. “I was on a lap quick enough to go P1. I didn’t do it.
“Another Saturday I’ve just thrown away. Disappointed.”
“It was just the one in the last sector that ruined everything. I don’t know what happened. The car ahead, I am not going to blame him, just unfortunate that I caught a car there.
“It makes a tiny difference but we’re close enough on the limit on your final qualifying lap that the tiniest difference can unsettle the car completely like I had. A shame because it should have been very different. Disappointed with myself.”
Norris revealed he was three-tenths up and thus on course to topple Verstappen.
"Again, shoulda woulda coulda from me. A shame. I was three-tenths up and threw it all away,” he added.