Lando Norris keeps on winning admirers in F1 – with McLaren driver praised by Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton after a scintillating drive to finish third at Austrian Grand Prix
- REPORT: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finishes on top in the Austrian Grand Prix
- Norris won praise from Lewis Hamilton after achieving a smart podium place
- The 21-year-old missed out on second after a harsh-looking five-second penalty
Lando Norris received the plaudit he deserved on Sunday — from the legend looming large in his mirrors.
For an early chunk of the Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton pursued the 21-year-old McLaren man waiting for him to make a mistake.
It didn’t transpire as Norris defended well when he needed to, although the world champion did eventually overtake him.
Lando Norris is winning plenty of admirers in F1 after a fine third place at the Austrian GP
The young McLaren driver, 21, finished on the podium and was praised by Sir Lewis Hamilton
But the pass was returned later on, Norris going through Hamilton neatly on the inside of Turn Six on his way to take third place.
‘Such a great driver, Lando,’ said Hamilton over the radio.
Norris said: ‘It’s the first race I’ve been able to race a Mercedes. Hopefully we can keep it up.’
Hamilton himself had a disappointing day as he was only good enough to finish the race fourth
Still, Norris was slightly disappointed at missing out on second place after the stewards harshly gave him a five-second penalty for ‘forcing’ Sergio Perez off following the safety car period at the beginning of the race.
‘I was just racing, really. He tried to go around the outside, which was a bit stupid, and he ran off the track himself,’ said Norris, who has come third three times this season.
‘I didn’t even push him. So I am frustrated but also happy with P3. It was a lot of fun.’
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