“He Wasn’t Perfect”: Norris Makes Bold Hamilton Admission Despite Praise From F1 Champion

Published 07/06/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after finishing second in the race Pool via REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic


Lando Norris is in the best form of his career at the moment. The Briton started the Austrian Grand Prix on the front row and ended up taking P3 ahead of compatriot Lewis Hamilton.

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During the race, the 21-year-old kept Hamilton behind for several laps before yielding to him on Lap 20. However, after the defending champion suffered floor damage, Norris came back to clinch the final podium place ahead of Hamilton.

While Norris appreciated Hamilton for his comments during the race, the McLaren driver believes he is error prone.

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Lando Norris points out the mistakes Lewis Hamilton made in Austria

Although Norris made a good start on Sunday, Sergio Perez and both Mercedes drivers pushed him to the limit. While Perez’s challenge fell apart after Lap 5, Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas kept pushing the young Briton to move into the podium places.

Despite his best efforts, Norris conceded P2 to Hamilton in Lap 20. However, the defending champion suffered floor damage due to an exit kerb later on, which helped Norris reclaim P3. After claiming his third podium of the season, the Briton admitted the defending champion can make mistakes as well.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and McLaren’s Lando Norris after finishing in first and second repectively Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

He said“Obviously Hamilton’s words make me happy, but he wasn’t perfect at the wheel. He made several mistakes in Turn-1 and Turn-3. I certainly learned a lot both in the first stint against Hamilton and in the second against Bottas.”

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The Briton clearly exuded confidence beyond his young age of 21 at the Red Bull Ring. Although the McLaren has often been far behind the pace of Red Bull and Mercedes, the Austrian Grand Prix was a welcome exception according to Norris.

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He said, “It was the first time that I was able to really duel with Mercedes and Red Bulls without being particularly inferior. It was great for us to be able to be together with these two teams throughout the race. Being so competitive at the start of the race was a great feeling for me and for the team.”

With the Briton now headed to his home race in Silverstone in two weeks’ time, Norris will look to continue his stunning form in 2021. Can the 21-year-old continue his scoring streak in the British Grand Prix?

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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