English driver Lando Norris has laughed off the suggestion made by Red Bull's Helmut Marko where the Austrian talent spotter accused the McLaren driver of deliberately blocking Max Verstappen.
Having received a radio message during qualifying in which Norris was told "Not to do Verstappen any favours" Red Bull advisor Marko felt that the message came from McLaren's engine supplier Mercedes. Norris though was left baffled by Marko's suggestions with the British driver believing he did nothing wrong.
"I saw these comments, I found them pretty funny," Norris told RacingNews365.com among other members of the media.
"For some reason, he blamed it on Mercedes. So I got no clue what he's talking about. Why would Mercedes have anything to do with it?
"I think he was obviously a bit annoyed that a Mercedes qualified ahead of them (Red Bull) any team boss isn't gonna be happy with that.
"I mean, Max didn't lose the time in sector one or sector two, he messed it all up in sector three. So everyone went slower on the second stint apart from the people who went old new and that's because the conditions got worse. So maybe they've just been blindsided, not looking at that. But yeah, I did nothing wrong."
Norris currently sits third in the driver standings five points ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas with McLaren also third in the constructor's standings with 53 points.