Lando Norris and Max Verstappen crack George Russell Mercedes joke after Imola GP

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LANDO NORRIS and Max Verstappen had fun moments after the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

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Lando Norris and Max Verstappen made a joke about George Russell after each secured top-three finishes within the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Norris joked that if he wished to be like Russell he would declare he had the ‘seventh-fastest automobile’ regardless of his podium.

Verstappen joked again that Norris ought to declare it is ‘all the driving force’ and had the ‘worst automobile’. Because the joke continued, Norris then claimed McLaren had been the ‘ninth or tenth’ quickest automobile on the grid however his ‘wonderful’ driving was what made the distinction.

Norris’ third-placed end secured McLaren’s first podium of the season simply weeks after the staff completed 14th and fifteenth in Bahrain. Talking after the race, Norris stated: “I imply, if I wish to be like George, I will say I had just like the seventh quickest automobile!”

Verstappen replied: “It is best to say it’s all the driving force, mate! All the driving force! You had the worst automobile!”

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Lando Norris and Max Verstappen crack George Russell Mercedes joke after Imola GP

Max Verstappen and Lando Norris joked about George Russell after the race (Picture: Getty)

Norris responded: “It’s. Yeah, we’re ninth or tenth – however my driving this weekend has been fairly wonderful!” The feedback come after Russell claimed Mercedes solely had the fifth-fastest automobile moments after scoring a podium on the Australian Grand Prix.

Russell secured fourth in yesterday’s race which ensured the Mercedes rookie is the one driver on the grid to have 4 top-five finishes this season. Nevertheless, Russell nonetheless claimed he was ‘lucky’ after the race yesterday and claimed the staff wanted to discover a ‘higher compromise’ to make sure it might problem for stronger outcomes.

He added: “I’m comparatively happy to maximise the factors obtainable this weekend. Whether or not we’re getting essentially the most out of the automobile is a special story and I do suppose issues have fallen barely in our favour with these first 4 races.

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Lando Norris and Max Verstappen crack George Russell Mercedes joke after Imola GP

George Russell has claimed Mercedes are the fifth-fastest automobile (Picture: Getty)

“I’m actually pleased with this P4, but when we wish to maintain this place within the championship, we have to discover extra tempo.” Russell’s consistency has paid off with the previous Williams man fourth within the drivers’ standings and solely 37 factors behind Charles Leclerc.

Norris’ podium means he has now jumped Lewis Hamilton within the drivers’ standings to sixth. Hamilton has struggled with the brand new Mercedes package deal and will solely handle thirteenth in yesterday’s race.

The seven-time champion has now had two poor outcomes this season after his tenth in Saudi Arabia.

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