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Lando Norris

Norris: Hamilton's comments after Russia definitely mean more

Having admired Lewis Hamilton while growing up, Lando Norris admits his words of encouragement following Russia took on greater significance.

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Lando Norris says Lewis Hamilton's comments following the Russian Grand Prix meant more to him given the sporting heartbreak the Mercedes driver has faced over the course of his illustrious career.

Norris was set to claim his first F1 victory at the Sochi Autodrom, leading for much of the race. His hopes were also boosted by the fact that he seemed comfortable despite facing pressure from Hamilton in the closing stages.

However, that all changed when rain fell in the final laps, with Norris' decision to stay out on slick tyres ultimately costing him a chance at victory, which went to Hamilton.

While several drivers came out in support of the young Briton following the race, Norris admits Hamilton's words have greater significance due to the defeats he's experienced during his record-breaking career in F1.

"Lewis was the one who effectively took the race win away from me," Norris stated on ITV's This Morning.

"Coming from Lewis, because he was the guy I watched growing up, and he's Lewis, you know, seven-time World Champion... To hear what he had to say, because he's been through many scenarios, probably even worse in some cases...

"I guess in my way it feels worse, because it's that first win that you just want to really get.

"Many drivers said I did a good job and my time will come, which I obviously heard a lot of, but when it comes from someone that you've looked up to, or you know has been through it, then it definitely means a bit more."

Norris isn't dwelling on the result, recently outlining what he and McLaren are doing to make sure a repeat of the Russian Grand Prix doesn't happen in the future.

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