Lando Norris has joked that he will let Mercedes driver George Russell overtake him as soon as possible during the British Grand Prix as he targets a thrilling British Grand Prix battle with Fernando Alonso.
The McLaren star will be fighting it out to pip Alonso to the best-of-the-rest crown at Silverstone on Sunday with Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes expected to lock out the front six positions.
Norris will start the race in sixth, ahead of Alonso in seventh, but Russell in the faster Mercedes will be down in eighth after a difficult qualifying session in the British rain.
"I'm very satisfied, to be ahead of one Mercedes, who are much quicker than us, and not far behind Lewis Hamilton," he said, speaking to Sky Sports F1 at Silverstone.
Norris credits a little bit of "luck" for P6 start
Norris' qualifying session was far from perfect but the 22-year-old was able to put himself in a golden position to score big points on Sunday. His teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, will start the race all the way down in 14th.
"I made a couple of mistakes so it wasn't the best of jobs from me but I'm happy with that," he continued.
"I saved a little bit for that best lap that I did. I did one lap on recharge. It was a good lap. And we have a lot of porpoising this weekend.
"The trickiest part is Maggots and Becketts, especially Becketts. There are streams and little puddles. The high speed in the wet, with Inters, you've got to get a little lucky."
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Norris jokes: I'll wave Russell through tomorrow
Norris is not planning to waste any time fighting with the Mercedes cars on race day, however, and has joked that he will let Russell pass him without a fight should the two meet on track.
"We've been in a decent place all weekend, which is surprising because were the only team to not really bring any upgrades, and some others have big things," he continued.
"I'm expecting George to come past me quite quickly but our race is with Fernando [Alonso], Zhou [Guanyu] and maybe not the Williams.
"I think it will be a good fight with Fernando, he'll be my main target. I'll probably just wave George through," he joked.
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