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Lando Norris

Norris critical of rivals' behaviour before Mexico charge

The McLaren driver felt that he was lucky after the restart midway through the Mexican Grand Prix led to close calls.

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Lando Norris believes he was lucky to avoid an "extremely big crash" on the red-flag restart half-way through the Mexico City Grand Prix.

On Lap 33 of 71, Kevin Magnussen crashed heavily at Turn 9 after suspension failure, with barrier repairs needed causing the race to be red-flagged, with Norris in 10th, having climbed from 17th on the grid and an early pit-stop for Hards having started on the Softs.

However, a poor launch meant he lost five places as he was dwarfed by those cars behind - although he soon settled down and launched a charge up to fifth place, including barging passes on Daniel Ricciardo and George Russell into the Turn 4/5/6 complex.

Despite the recovery charge, Norris was critical of some of his rivals in the second start stampede to Turn 1.

Norris: I couldn't push as much as I wanted to

"I had to avoid a very big crash because people were coming across and not realising they can be three-abreast," Norris told media, including RacingNews365.

"I avoided two extremely big crashes, one would have been very nasty.

"I think more self-awareness in some drivers would be great. That's not why I lost out, I lost out because of a bad start."

Discussing his late charge, Norris felt that he was hamstrung by the cooling demands Mexico City places on teams.

"When I came over the line for the first time, I got told to cool the engine, so I couldn't maybe push as much as I wanted to at times," he said.

"But in then the times I could, which was a lot of the second stint, I would have better pace in almost everyone apart from Hamilton and that was very encouraging for us."

F1 2023 Mexican Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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