Max Verstappen dominated the Austrian GP from start to finish, but he wasn’t his usual rival Lewis hamilton they were very close, in fact it was McLaren Lando norris who starred in the Red Bull Ring.
Norris He has been the best of the rest all season, from his fourth place in Bahrain to three fifth places in a row against Austria, in which he finished third, although as he himself admitted, he should have been second.
The second Red Bull of Sergio perez i tried a move Norris, attempting to circle the outside of the McLaren at Turn 4, but the Mexican ended up off the track and onto the gravel. Norris received a five-second penalty for pushing another driver off the track.
“It was fun,” Norris he told reporters after the race. “It was a good race, it was exciting.
“But I’m disappointed because we should have finished second. I thought the first lap was really a race. He tried to go around the outside, which was kind of stupid, and he went off the track himself.”
“I didn’t even push him. I don’t know. I’m frustrated, but I’m also happy with P3. We had a really good pace and yes, I’m happy.”
Not disturbed Norris remained in second place and was not overtaken by Hamilton until lap 20, before being jumped by the second Mercedes of Bottas during pit stops.
As the race progressed Norris He managed to keep up with the two Mercedes drivers before taking the third Hamilton and finishing just over two seconds behind Bottas. Norris He was happy with the pace he had.
“I think we had a good rhythm and I was able to keep up with him.” Norris he said, even in dirty air, but not enough to get into the DRS.
“As soon as I was close to a second, I started fighting too hard. It’s good to know that we can be there and that we can race them. It’s probably the first race in many years that we have competed with Mercedes and Red Bulls.” . “
Praise of hamilton
During the race as Hamilton took second place from his compatriot, the seven-time champion was full of praise for Norris.
“What a driver Lando is!” Hamilton he said on the radio of Norris’s team, who only lost pole position by 0.048 seconds the day before.
And with a genuine pace that kept him in the lead throughout the Grand Prix, the Bristol-born driver achieved his second podium of the 2021 season.
“It was like it was the first time that I really ran against him. [Hamilton], ” Norris he continued, “and you know that you can learn how he drives and how he runs, as well as learn from Valtteri and how he approaches things and when to take risks.”
Next to Norris It is his home Grand Prix at Silverstone, where he achieved a fifth place in 2020 and an eleventh in 2019. But heading into the 2021 British GP, Norris It has risen, McLaren has risen and has everything it needs to reach consecutive podiums in two weeks.