LEWIS HAMILTON and Lando Norris had been cleared of any wrongdoing after they had been beneath investigation by the FIA for allegedly driving too sluggish.
Lando Norris loves the Hamilton and Verstappen drama
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McLaren man Lando Norris has defended fellow British star Lewis Hamilton, after each had been investigated by the FIA after the primary spherical of qualifying on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Hamilton and Norris had been put beneath investigation by the governing physique for allegedly driving too sluggish.
The controversy arose within the ultimate levels of Q1, after Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll crashed at flip two, forcing a late pink flag. This resulted in a chaotic 15-car rush as these struggling on the improper finish of the sector battled to safe a spot in Q2.
Throughout the ultimate moments, Norris discovered himself simply behind Hamilton however did not take the chance to cross him. Following the chaos each Hamilton and Norris had been summoned by the race stewards, on account of their lack of tempo in the course of the ultimate rush.
Ultimately each left the enquiry unpunished, however the McLaren man was lower than impressed that he and his fellow Englishman had been summoned within the first place. Defending Hamilton’s defensive transfer, Norris mentioned: “It wasn’t pointless, it was essential. He wished a slipstream, I wished a slipstream.
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Lando Norris has defended Lewis Hamilton (Picture: GETTY)
“And I didn’t wish to cross him due to it. So he did nothing improper, it’s racing. It was like second gear or one thing.” Norris even alluded to the very fact this wasn’t the primary time he had seen this tactic unfold, after revealing his now teammate Daniel Ricciardo had additionally executed it to him beforehand.
He continued: “Daniel did it to me a number of years in the past. Everybody is aware of it occurs right here at occasions. I don’t really feel he did something improper. I most likely would have executed the identical factor if I used to be in his boat.” Speaking about hazard on the monitor, the McLaren star felt that the large rush popping out of the pits throughout Q1 was extra of a risk to security than Hamilton’s ways.
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Lando Norris completed ninth on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix (Picture: GETTY)
“I feel what’s lots worse and extra harmful is when everybody goes out the pits on the finish of Q1, and it’s only a free for all,” he added. “And you’ve got individuals racing throughout the beginning/end line. That’s extra harmful, as a result of individuals truly take dangers in doing issues.
“Whereas when it’s like me and Lewis, Daniel was just a bit bit behind and clearly Daniel didn’t wish to go previous both. However I don’t assume something’s honest recreation. I feel simply what he did was fully inside cause, he was on the facet, he wished to let me previous. I did not wish to go previous, there was nobody round us on push laps.”