Lando Norris said he had to make an aggressive pass on Sergio Perez in order to claim his first podium finish.
“I think today’s race highlighted that we had to keep on pushing through the whole race,” said Norris.
“Obviously it’s nice when you have a car which is, compared to last year, more competitive and you can be there or thereabouts on safety car restarts and so on.
“I’m so happy, because it very easily could have been the opposite of the result I have right now. I almost got back down to sixth after Charles [Leclerc] passed me and it was kind of going downhill and I was all over the place, locking up, going wide.
“But I knew I had good pace in the car so I had to get my head down and try to get past Perez when he got a five second penalty. I was fairly aggressive with my overtake but I had to be at that point.”
After passing Perez, Norris set off after Lewis Hamilton, who also had a five-second time penalty.
“I only managed to get him on the final lap of the race,” said Norris. “I think it was 5.8 onto the final lap and I managed to get it down to 4.8, so I wasn’t in the position I was in.
“If I didn’t put in the fastest lap of the race, which I’m very proud of, I wouldn’t be here. I just want to say big thanks to the team.”
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