At the Italian Grand Prix, Lando Norris charged from the back of the grid to a well-deserved 10th. Sometime during the race, the McLaren driver invoked the sprit of Kimi Raikkonen in a radio message. At the time, the engineer was telling the Briton about who his next opponents were, and their strategy. However, Norris cut in and told his engineer to “stop f***ing talking when I’m trying to race”.
It was a call back to when Raikkonen gave his engineer a ticking off for talking to him in the middle of a corner. In addition to that, it was also a reference to leave him alone as he knew what he was doing.
Speaking after the race, the McLaren driver said, “A decent race and a point is alright considering where I started, but you always want a little bit more.”
“We got a bit unlucky: we boxed, we had the undercut on Perez, but then the Virtual Safety Car came out and he got a bit lucky to stay ahead and went on to finish in P7.
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“I’m not suggesting we definitely would’ve finished there, because I think they still had better pace than us, but we could’ve finished better without the VSC.
“In the end, I didn’t think we had all the pace but we hung on, managed to finish the race and got a point – which was a good thing after last weekend in Belgium.”
Lando Norris also insisted that McLaren have not hit the panic button just yet, in spite of Renault bringing in a massive points overhaul. He admitted that he was unaware of the issue that befell teammate Carlos Sainz, but he did vow to come back stronger in Singapore.