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Norris apologises for "careless" comments

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27/10/2020

As is so often the case these days, following Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix social media was awash with fans criticising the McLaren driver for comments he made in terms of Lewis Hamilton's historic 92nd Grand Prix win and his own clash with Lance Stroll.

Asked about Hamilton's achievement in the moments after the race, which saw the McLaren driver fail to score points for the third successive weekend, Norris said: "I'm happy for him, nothing more.

"It doesn't mean anything to me really," he added. "He's in a car which should win every race basically. He has to beat one or two other drivers, that's it.

"Fair play to him, he's still doing the job he has to do, but yeah, just another win for him."

On the face of it, his criticism of Lance Stroll, who was handed a 5s time penalty and 2 penalty points for causing the collision that left Norris with wing damage, was measured.

"I don't know what he was doing really," said the Briton in the moments after the race. "He went to the left, which I was quite surprised by when he could have very easily could have gone to the inside.

"I was easily halfway alongside and he just turns in," he continued. "He obviously didn't learn from Friday, but he doesn't seem to learn from anything he does.

"It happens a lot with him so I just need to make sure I stay away next time."

However, in the aftermath of the actual incident, over the team radio Norris was clearly heard to call the Racing Point driver a "c***".

Without explaining precisely what he was apologising for, Norris took to social media this morning.

"I owe an apology," he wrote. "I've been stupid and careless with some things I've said lately in media and interviews, and haven't shown the respect I should have to certain people.

"I'm not that kind of person, so know I should apologise to them but also everyone reading/listening. Sorry."

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1. Posted by Wokingchap, 28/10/2020 20:28

"In my opinion he was only slightly out of order, but good to hear his honesty."

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2. Posted by Great_white_shark, 28/10/2020 4:22

"He is free to speak his mind and everyone has their own opinion. That being said I am surprised to hear Lando say Lewis should win every race. With that logic Lando should out-qualify and out-score Carlos every weekend but he does not. On his rookie season at McLaren Hamilton had a two times world champion from Spain as his teammate and he beat him. Lando should eat a slice of humble pie and think about it before he speaks. Lewis proved himself countless times and he earned his wages recently when Ferrari had a faster car but Hamilton outdrove Vettel. "

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3. Posted by C5, 27/10/2020 21:10

"Nothing to apologize for mate."

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4. Posted by jcr, 27/10/2020 16:38

"Keep it up Lando !!"

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5. Posted by Superbird70, 27/10/2020 15:28

"Imagine if Hamilton had the 'cojones' to state his own opinion."

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6. Posted by Editor, 27/10/2020 13:58

"Let's face it...

Stroll had a c*** of a weekend!"

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7. Posted by flyinglap, 27/10/2020 13:53

"Lando Norris, the latest victim of "political correctness", has an epiphany the day after and apologises "in general" after he has had his thought processes thoroughly massaged by the "consiglieri" in the background. So sad, after being fearless on the track."

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8. Posted by kenji, 27/10/2020 13:51

"Someone somewhere has a quiet word with Norris. We can't have drivers stating there own opinions. I mean it's just not on. Another farce. Norris had the 'cojones' to simply state what a huge number of people concur with, but even putting this to one side, why shouldn't he speak out?. I happen to think that he has a valid point. "

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