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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton suggests Norris lacking in patience in Spanish GP collision

After starting from P3 on the grid, Lando Norris slipped backwards at the Spanish Grand Prix following a first-lap incident with Lewis Hamilton.

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Lewis Hamilton believes that Lando Norris could have had a better result at the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix if he had been "more patient" in their first-lap battle.

After starting from P3 on the grid, Norris made contact with the left rear of Hamilton's Mercedes, forcing the McLaren to make a pit stop due to damage to the right front wing end-plate.

Norris eventually finished the race down in P17, while Hamilton secured P2 in a double podium for the Silver Arrows.

Hamilton: A shame for Norris

Reflecting on their collision, Hamilton admitted that he had some sympathy for Norris.

"I just felt a big hit from behind," Hamilton told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"But obviously Max [Verstappen] and Carlos [Sainz] went quite wide and deep into Turn 1 and then they were coming back across, and I basically got in the wake so I had to be patient, and then I got a hit from behind.

"I think it was a shame for Lando because he did such an amazing job [on Saturday]. It’s great to see McLaren up there on the second row."

A 'live and learn' moment for Norris, says Hamilton

While Hamilton believes that he still would have managed to overtake Norris even if the McLaren had managed to get ahead of him in their scrap, the seven-time World Champion thinks that the younger Briton could have had a better outcome to the race without the incident.

"I think even if he was ahead of me going into the corner, we would have overtaken him because we had slightly more pace race trim-wise," Hamilton explained.

"[It has] not ended up being a great result for him but I think if he was just a little more patient, he would have had probably a better result, but we live and we learn."

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