Lando Norris was pleased to disprove McLaren’s doubters after finishing on the podium for the second race in a row.
Having qualified third he was passed by Oscar Piastri at the start, but gained a place from Lewis Hamilton. He got back ahead of his team mate by making an earlier first pit stop. From there he was able to out-run Sergio Perez, who arrived in third place but not soon enough to catch the McLaren.
Norris said it had been a “tough race” at the Hungaroring.
“Not an easy one, especially with Checo catching at the end, but he didn’t have enough pace to catch up. So I’m happy, I had to fight for a little bit in the beginning, I got a bit screwed over in turn one but another podium for us and for McLaren which is amazing.”
The race ran without interruption and Norris finished over half a minute behind Max Verstappen. Norris said that showed his only hope of winning was “if Max retires or something.”
“But at the minute those guys are too quick, unless they make mistakes or something happens,” he added.
“At the minute, I think we’re very happy with the progress we’ve made to go from where we were four or five races ago, struggling to get out of Q1 sometimes to fighting for poles and fighting for podiums. We’ll take it for now, and our time will come later on in the year.”
McLaren’s mid-season resurgence is down to “a lot of hard work and great teamwork,” said Norris.
“Everyone back in the factory did an amazing job. I think we knew it in the beginning we were going to struggle and we looked pretty poor.
“We got a lot of abuse for McLaren in saying they weren’t doing a good enough job, but I’m happy we’ve finally proved some people wrong.”
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