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Lando Norris

Norris: Perez contact knocked my foot off the throttle

The McLaren driver thought he was out of the Dutch Grand Prix when he clashed with Sergio Perez at the exit of Turn 1 in the latter stages of the race.

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Lando Norris has revealed his foot came off the throttle pedal due to contact with Sergio Perez at the Dutch Grand Prix on Sunday.

The pair clashed at the exit of Turn 1 as Perez went around the outside of Norris to overtake the British driver for ninth place at Zandvoort.

"We touched tyres and then the whole car bounced a lot," Norris told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "So my foot came off [the throttle] and I thought something happened, I thought I lost drive in the car.

"But then I came on throttle and I went into the corner praying that the suspension wasn't broken or anything.

"It was a bit of a risk. I still tried to get back past him, I stayed alongside, but just the momentum that I lost from my foot coming off-throttle lost me that position.”

It's the second time Perez and Norris have collided this season, after they made contact at the Austrian GP. The Red Bull driver came off worse on that occasion.

For a moment, Norris thought he was out of the race at Zandvoort because of how high his car jumped.

“I can't look in my mirror the whole way around the corner," added Norris. "So a bit of it has to be done on judgement and expectation of him respecting, him knowing I'm not going to make his life easy, me knowing he's going to try and go around the outside.

"I think I left him enough [room]. I need to look from an onboard and stuff. But of course I'm going to come on throttle and try and squeeze him and not make his life easy.

"But it's only that, I'm not going to try and make contact or try and force him off or anything. The last time I did, I got a penalty. I'm not stupid, I'm not silly, but I'm not going to let him past either.”

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