Lando Norris Concedes He’s Been “Stupid And Careless” Over Recent Comments on Hamilton and Stroll

Published 10/27/2020, 6:18 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany McLaren’s Lando Norris wearing a protective face mask during a press conference ahead of the Eifel Grand Prix FIA/Handout via REUTERS


It has been a tough weekend for Lando Norris. Having had the pace in Qualifying, he would have imagined that it was enough to get a decent points finish in Portimao.

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However, following a nasty collision with Racing Point’s Lance Stroll during the main race, he suffered damage to his car that saw him slip down to 19th at one point in time. Safe to say, his reaction over the team radio did not consist of the kindest of words.

Post the race, he was also asked about his thoughts on fellow British driver Lewis Hamilton’s landmark victory which saw him create history. Norris declared that it meant “nothing to him”.

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Lando Norris offered a sincere apology on Twitter

Possibly following that realization, the McLaren driver took to Twitter to express his thoughts. And what followed was an intention to apologize to people he had not ‘shown respect’ to.

Norris’ tweet read, “I owe an apology. I’ve been stupid and careless with some things I’ve said lately in media and interviews, and haven’t shown the respect I should have to certain people.”

“I’m not that kind of person, so know I should apologise to them but also everyone reading/listening. Sorry.”

Norris spoke about Lance Stroll following the main race

Following Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix, he also made curt remarks about Lance Stroll, after the two were involved in a collision in what was a racing accident.

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Norris nuked stroll saying, “He obviously didn’t learn from Friday but he doesn’t seem to learn from anything he does. It happens a lot with him, so I just need to stay away. It wasn’t a nice battle. He crashes a lot.”

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Racing Point’s Lance Stroll in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Armando Franca

Lance Stroll was slapped with a 5-second time penalty by the FIA for ‘causing a collision’. But obviously, Norris at the time was in a great position to finish the race and take home some points for his team.

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Regardless, he will want to put all this behind him and train his focus to all things racing and McLaren. And delivering an apology is definitely one way to go about it.

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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