WATCH: Norris Left Feeling Awkward After Bottas’ Apology for Hungary Crash

Published 08/02/2021, 7:06 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


The Hungarian GP was, simply put, an emotional one. While some drivers left the track with tears of joy, others were furious. The turn 1 incident triggered by Valtteri Bottas eventually left six cars out of the race. One of the angry drivers was Lando Norris; Bottas locked up and collided with the rear of his McLaren. When asked about the collision in a post-race interview, Norris had a surprise visit mid-rant.

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Lando Norris shared his disappointment with Ziggo Sport. When asked if he’s spoken to Bottas, Norris replied, “… its nothing I could do anyway, it’s Bottas’ fault.”

Unexpectedly, as if almost summoned, the Mercedes driver popped by to apologize to Lando. Norris, surprised, was left speechless.

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The Brit was on an impressive 15-race-streak of scoring points which came to an end because of the DNF. His third position on the championship still secure, but he had to, unfortunately, watch the action from the McLaren garage.

Unlucky Hungarian GP for Lando Norris.

Lando Norris was not a happy man at the end of the Hungarian GP. Norris had one of his best starts at lights out; Starting P6, he pushed through Bottas, Gasly, and Perez to challenge Verstappen for P2 going into Turn One. The exceptional start yielded no results as Bottas tried to make up for his slow start and got his braking all wrong on the greasy tracks.

“It sucks, but nothing I can do at the end of the day. My job was very good, it was a very good start and I did everything I needed to do. Through no fault of my own, I’m here,” the Briton said.

Norris was able to drive back to the pitlane, but after closer inspection, the team decided it was best to retire the car.

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Lando revealed Bottas had apologized to him in the garage, but it did little to console him. “…apologies are nice, but it doesn’t change the result or anything, so it’s Lap 1 of the race, no one has to do anything stupid but that’s what they did today. So just ruined it.”

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Heading into summer break, Lando has some time to cool down and recharge. He has the remainder of the season to restart his streak and hold tight to the P3 standing.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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