Lando Norris was full of praise for McLaren team mate Oscar Piastri after the pair finished second and fourth respectively in the British Grand Prix.Lewis Hamilton, having made his only pit stop before the Mercedes driver, who saved time by completing his during a Safety Car period.
“Honestly, we should have had P2 and P3,” said Norris after the race. “Oscar did an amazing job all weekend, and he should have been P3 today without the Safety Car, so a shame, he deserved it.”
The podium was the seventh of Norris’s Formula 1 career, while fourth place was the best result of Piastri‘s rookie season. The latter also achieved his best qualifying result yet on Saturday by putting his MCL60 third on the grid, 0.372 seconds off pole.
Norris was the first of the two drivers to use McLaren’s major upgrade at the previous race in Austria. Piastri was only able to run it for the first time at Silverstone, and backed his team mate up with a strong performance.
“He’s been on top form all weekend,” said Norris. “He’s been pushing me an insane amount, which is a good thing. It’s raised the level of what we do as a team.”
Piastri joined McLaren this season having been the reserve driver for Alpine last year. McLaren hired him as a replacement for Daniel Ricciardo, who was dropped one year before his contract was due to expire.
“All year he’s been good,” Norris continued. “It’s not like he’s just turned up here and been strong. He’s been good since day one in the car and makes my life tough sometimes. I don’t always like it, but it’s a good thing at the end of the day, and it makes me a better driver, too.”
Norris admitted he felt for his team mate after he narrowly missed out on a podium finish. “I feel for him and the team,” he said. “We did everything we should have done to be P2 and P3.
“So it’s a shame he’s not sat here too, but he’ll have his chance. He’s driving very well. He’s doing a very good job. And if we can improve the car a little bit more, we can be here a lot more often. And I’m sure he’s going to have his fair few times of being here, too.”
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