Lando Norris has known as out Lewis Hamilton for whinging in regards to the efficiency of his Mercedes W14. Hamilton completed sixteenth quickest in FP2 at Hungaroring on Friday and mentioned that the automotive felt prefer it was performing “at its worst” forward of the qualifiers for the Hungary Grand Prix on Saturday.
However the Brit discovered himself in pole place heading into the principle race after pipping Max Verstappen to first place in qualification. Nonetheless, a nightmare begin would see him drop again to ultimately end fourth – two locations behind Norris.
Within the speedy aftermath, Hamilton questioned the “loopy quantity” of pace which noticed Norris’ McLaren team-mate Oscar Piastri surge previous him halfway by means of the race. However Norris, rising uninterested in Hamilton’s excuses, insisted that his rival’s Mercedes and his McLaren have “the identical tempo”.
“Mercedes had been on pole right here final 12 months, and their automotive has been fairly good. I do know Lewis complains lots of how superb our automotive is and the way dangerous theirs is, however they do not have a nasty automotive. They usually have not all season,” he mentioned.
“Right this moment, we struggled greater than we might have preferred. However we all know that is an space for enchancment. So yeah, I feel it is a constructive shock, once more, to be the place we’re.
“However we now have the identical tempo as Mercedes, it is simply we have performed a greater job. So I’ve to thank the entire workforce for that.” He added: “Yesterday [Saturday], Lewis complained of how powerful it was ending outdoors first place. Strive racing in nineteenth and twentieth. He’s by no means performed that in his life. In order that’s the one factor that Lewis hasn’t performed in System 1.”
Norris went on to counsel that Hamilton and Mercedes’ collapse was merely a case of them “not executing a superb race” early on.
“Lewis stayed forward [at the first corner], which was irritating,” he mentioned. “However then I managed to remain on the surface. I used to be a bit shocked, I’d have thought he’d run me a bit wider, however he did not. It was shut, I am certain he was nonetheless making an attempt, nevertheless it’s very straightforward to lock up into Flip 2.
“And it labored out, so I feel that saved our race immediately. If I did not get previous Lewis there, I do not suppose I’d have overtaken him immediately as a result of their race tempo was very robust. Their basic tempo was very robust, I simply suppose they did not execute an excellent race, and that overtake made me get a podium.”