Norris’ team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was one of the drivers who benefited from the race’s suspension.
He was able to surge up to fifth place.
He said: “The red flags in a way were good because the starts were good so I was able to always move forward pretty much, in two out of three starts,
“But I started on the first start with the Hard and I think that was the tyre, so once it was a red flag it was a little too used to go again and we were forced to do the rest of the race with the Medium and it wasn’t as fast as the Hard.
“Potentially I could have challenged Esteban [Ocon] at least a little more with the Hard, but in any case happy to get a top five and definitely it’s nice moving forward, so no complaints.”