April 18, 2021, Imola, Roma, Italy: NORRIS Lando (gbr), McLaren MCL35M, portrait during the Formula 1 Pirelli Gran Premio Del Made In Italy E Dell Emilia Romagna 2021 from April 16 to 18, 2021 on the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, in Imola, Italy - Photo Florent Gooden / DPPI / LiveMedia (Credit Image: © Dppi/LPS via ZUMA Press)

During a sensational qualifying session, McLaren driver Lando Norris finished P2 for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Norris was able to keep Lewis Hamilton at bay until lap 20.

After the pass, Hamilton took to the team radio to drop in a praise for Norris – “great driver”, he said.

The 21-year-old driver finally passed Hamilton later in the race.

F1 journalist Tom Clarkson, in a podcast, talked about how Hamilton approached Norris at the end of the race.


Future of Mercedes

It is expected that Hamilton will form a part of the upcoming 2022 season with Mercedes with George Russell, who is almost certain to join him.

But these are just rumors at the moment as Valtteri Bottas still has a chance of continuing with the outfit.

But considering Hamilton’s comments related to Norris, he could join the Silver Arrows.

Clarkson reckons that Hamilton’s statements could just hint that.

What did Clarkson say?

“I was told that in the TV pen, Lando arrived after the podium, Lewis stopped whatever he was doing, went over to Lando, put his hand on his shoulder and said ‘Hello, Speedy Gonzales’,” he said.

“So not only was there the radio message, there was this big show in the TV pen as well. What is that all about?

“I think it’s relevant because we are now discussing who will partner him at Mercedes. Toto Wolff has said it will be either Valtteri Bottas or George Russell, but is Lewis bigging up Lando Norris just to raise a few questions in Toto’s head?

“I think Lewis would love to have Valtteri Bottas next to him because he’s a known quantity. I’m just wondering if Lewis is bowling a googly. It did seem strange. If you wanted to compliment a driver, why do you need to do it in front of all the TV cameras? Why not do it away from the TV cameras – it would mean more, it would feel more sincere, wouldn’t it?”

What did Norris say about Hamilton’s comments?

Lando Norris was asked about Hamilton’s comments about him.

“To have that kind of respect and for him to say it, you know, it does mean a lot,” he said.

“I don’t know if he could say that because he admitted he wasn’t going to race us or had a problem or whatever. Maybe if we were racing fair and square maybe he wouldn’t have said it, I don’t know.

“But it’s kind words so I appreciate it,” he concluded.

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