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Perez fastest from Norris, Verstappen frustrated by Hamilton

Are Red Bull back in the mix at the United States GP? Sergio Perez sets pace in second practice, although Lewis Hamilton would have been 0.1s clear if not for track limits infringement; Hamilton also goes wheel-to-wheel with a frustrated Max Verstappen, who finishes down in eighth

By Matt Morlidge

Last Updated: 22/10/21 11:14pm

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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen went wheel-to-wheel during Practice Two ahead of the United States GP.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen went wheel-to-wheel during Practice Two ahead of the United States GP.

Sergio Perez topped second practice for the United States GP as Red Bull hit back at Mercedes, who surprisingly dropped off their early pace and behind McLaren’s Lando Norris at the end of an intriguing Friday.

Red Bull had been dominated by Mercedes in Austin’s first session – trailing the world champions by the best part of a second – but were much more competitive in a mixed-up P2 session as the qualifying simulations started.

It was not championship leader Max Verstappen who led Red Bull’s charge but Perez, with his 1:34.946 two tenths faster than Norris in an unexpected top two – they had placed seventh and eighth earlier in the day.

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were third and fourth for Mercedes, three and four tenths off the pace, although how representative those positions are is certainly up for debate.

Both Hamilton and Bottas were some way adrift of the eye-catching pace they had managed in the supposedly slower P1, while Hamilton also would have topped P2, albeit not by much, if not for exceeding track limits at Turn 19 on his best lap.

Hamilton also went wheel-to-wheel with Verstappen in practice and the title rivals were very close to colliding, a frustrating moment in what was a very frustrating session for the Dutchman. “Stupid idiot,” said Verstappen, who raised his middle finger at the seven-time world champion after being passed up the inside into Turn 1.

Verstappen then didn’t manage to set a single quick lap on the soft tyre, aborting not one but two laps due to traffic. “I’m boxing. **** this,” said Verstappen, who would finish down in eighth and 0.8s adrift.

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wasn’t best pleased with his FP2 pace ahead of the United States GP.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton wasn’t best pleased with his FP2 pace ahead of the United States GP.

Hamilton, though, also wasn’t too pleased with his second session.

“I wasn’t happy in P2,” he said. “I think we lost some ground to everyone – or they gained ground.”

Daniel Ricciardo was fifth in the other McLaren ahead of Lance Stroll and Charles Leclerc in the lead Ferrari, who still have hopes of beating McLaren this weekend despite falling behind ahead of a crucial qualifying day on Sky Sports F1.

Final practice is live at 7pm before qualifying at 10pm, with extensive Sky F1 build-up from 8.30pm.

United States GP Practice Two Timesheet

Driver Team Time
1) Sergio Perez Red Bull 1:34.945
2) Lando Norris McLaren +0.257
3) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.364
4) Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +0.414
5) Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +0.511
6) Lance Stroll Aston Martin +0.615
7) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.626
8) Max Verstappen Red Bull +0.878
9) Carlos Sainz Ferrari +0.973
10) Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo +1.192
11) Esteban Ocon Alpine +1.212
12) Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +1.296
13) Fernando Alonso Alpine +1.430
14) Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo +1.612
15) Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +1.772
16) Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +2.037
17) Mick Schumacher Haas +2.095
18) Nicholas Latifi Williams +2.308
19) George Russell Williams +2.544
20) Nikita Mazepin Haas +3.080

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Hamilton wins epic ahead of Max as Norris suffers rain heartbreak

What a race, and what a way for Lewis Hamilton to claim his 100th F1 victory; Lando Norris held the lead for most of the race but chose to stay on dry tyres as heavy rain hit, and spun his McLaren; Max Verstappen second after starting last, with Hamilton only two points ahead in title race

By Matt Morlidge

Last Updated: 26/09/21 3:53pm

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It’s heartbreak for Lando Norris as the McLaren driver loses the lead to Lewis Hamilton in the final stages of the Russian Grand Prix

It’s heartbreak for Lando Norris as the McLaren driver loses the lead to Lewis Hamilton in the final stages of the Russian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won a simply astonishing Russian GP after long-time race leader Lando Norris suffered late heartbreak by spinning his McLaren off in heavy rain, with Max Verstappen benefitting to complete his comeback from the back of the grid to an unlikely second.

Following a dramatic and soaking wet finale, Hamilton took both the championship lead and his 100th Formula 1 victory – but the Sochi race was destined for his young British compatriot who was so close to his very first triumph.

Pole-sitter Norris was heading towards that maiden F1 win after re-overtaking Carlos Sainz and then leading the majority of the race, even keeping his cool as Hamilton came charging through in the Mercedes after a difficult start of his own.

But as rain started falling with just eight laps to go, then getting increasingly heavier, Norris opted to stay on his slick tyres while Hamilton and the majority of the field opted for intermediates.

The decision turned out to be catastrophic as he could not control his McLaren in the conditions, spinning off into the barriers on Lap 51 of 53. Hamilton, who also wanted to stay out before being overruled by Mercedes, was then there to capitalise.

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Lewis Hamilton wins the Russian GP for his 100th victory in Formula 1
Lewis Hamilton wins the Russian GP for his 100th victory in Formula 1

“I’m unhappy, devastated in a way,” said a tearful Norris after the race. “It was my decision, I thought it was the way to go.”

“Lando did such an amazing job, he had incredible pace,” added Hamilton, who recovered after dropping from fourth to seventh on the first lap.

“It would’ve been tough to get past Lando unless we came up to some traffic or he made a mistake… so then the rain came and it was very opportunistic.”

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Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris joined forces mid-interview following their dramatic battle which resulted in Hamilton’s 100th career win.
Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris joined forces mid-interview following their dramatic battle which resulted in Hamilton’s 100th career win.

Hamilton claimed victory, although Verstappen was arguably the big winner as the Dutchman, who was running seventh before the rain as his early charge through the field from the back faded, changed tyres earlier than many others and finished second.

The end result means Verstappen has lost his title lead – which Red Bull expected with their engine penalty – but Hamilton is only two points clear in the standings.

Sainz completed the podium, finishing ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas, another driver to benefit from the rain, and Fernando Alonso.

Norris was seventh although may have a further blow coming his way; he will potentially receive a penalty for crossing the white line when finally entering the pits for the wet tyres.

Russian GP Race Result
1) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
3) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
4) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
5) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
6) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
7) Lando Norris, McLaren
8) Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo
9) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
10) George Russell, Williams

‘Devastated’ Norris loses win after ‘wrong decision’

The closing stages of the Russian GP were exciting, unpredictable, but also absolutely agonising for Norris.

The British driver, after becoming Britain’s youngest-ever pole-sitter was set to become Britain’s youngest-ever winner as he dominated the race, recovering from losing his lead at the first corner.

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Sky F1’s Anthony Davidson was at the SkyPad to analyse how Carlos Sainz got past Lando Norris at the start.
Sky F1’s Anthony Davidson was at the SkyPad to analyse how Carlos Sainz got past Lando Norris at the start.

Norris superbly chased down Sainz and then pounced on his former team-mate before stretching a big lead; he was 12 seconds clear of team-mate Ricciardo and Hamilton at the halfway stage.

A slow pit-stop from Ricciardo released Hamilton into clear air but Norris, while understandably slower than Hamilton with Mercedes by far the class of the field, remained composed and the seven-time champion couldn’t stay in DRS range of his young rival as the race headed into the final 10 laps.

Then came the rain, and a decision that Norris and McLaren were left to rue.

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Lando Norris’ race fell apart in the final stages after a late downpour resulted in the McLaren driver spinning off the track and losing the lead.
Lando Norris’ race fell apart in the final stages after a late downpour resulted in the McLaren driver spinning off the track and losing the lead.

McLaren asked Norris if he wanted to pit and Lando consistently gave a resounding “no”. That wasn’t an outlandish answer on Lap 48, with the rain still light and most other drivers also sticking on the slick tyres.

But a lap later Hamilton was called in – to his dismay – as Mercedes told their driver that more rain was coming. McLaren kept Norris out, and a torrential downpour did indeed land, making it impossible for those who stayed out to keep their cars on the track.

Hamilton closed Norris down before he couldn’t stop his McLaren into the first corner and slowly nudged into the barriers – then forced to limp around the circuit to finally fit wet tyres.

But by then, his hopes were, devastatingly, well and truly over.

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Here’s what Lando Norris has had to say to Sky F1’s Craig Slater after losing the lead to Lewis Hamilton.
Here’s what Lando Norris has had to say to Sky F1’s Craig Slater after losing the lead to Lewis Hamilton.

“It was the wrong one at the end of the day but I made the decision just as much as the team,” said Norris, although McLaren took responsibility after failing to make it back-to-back F1 2021 wins.

“We didn’t get it together as a team in hindsight, it was the wrong decision to stay out,” admitted team boss Andreas Seidl.

“There is always a chance to overrule him from the pit wall side. “We wanted to go for the win, that’s why we decided together to stay out and it just didn’t work out.”

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Lando Norris fires Mercedes and Red Bull warning as he issues new Lewis Hamilton response

Lando Norris is confident he can take on the Mercedes and Red Bulls between now and the end of the season – but does not expect to finish on the podium at the British Grand Prix this weekend. McLaren driver Norris meanwhile insists it was an honour to be complimented by Lewis Hamilton midway through the previous race in Austria.

Norris kept Hamilton frustrated for 15 laps around the Red Bull Ring during the Styrian Grand Prix but eventually the Mercedes driver got past the young Brit.

After he finally overtook the McLaren, seven-time world champion Hamilton said on his team radio: “Such a great driver, Lando.”

Norris went on to finish ahead of Hamilton for his fourth career podium having qualified for the race in second which saw him start on the front row for the first time ever.

And the 21-year-old told Sky Sports F1 after the race after being played back Hamilton’s message: “Love you Lewis. It’s cool. To have that kind of respect, for him to say that, it does mean a lot.”

Opening up on the comment further, the former F3 champion reflected ahead of Formula One’s return to Silverstone this weekend that it was unexpected to receive such praise from his compatriot.

Norris also added that the comment means more coming from Hamilton, with only Ferrari icon Michael Schumacher having won as many driver’s titles as the 36-year-old in the sport’s entire history.

He declared: “It was cool hearing it from Lewis. More so than from any other driver in F1. It was in the middle of the race which I wouldn’t ever do. And it was a bit odd because you don’t expect to hear it.

“But it means even more that he said it after he had gone past and I was racing against him, rather than him dropping back because of any problems.

“So it was weird – but cool at the same time because it was the first time I’d ever raced against Lewis for more than one corner.

“It’s a different feeling because you know he’s the best. And he’s the best for a reason. He’s good at attacking and defending but I feel like I was capable of holding him off for 20 laps last week.”

Norris is confident he can go wheel to wheel with the likes of Hamilton in the Mercedes and championship leader Max Verstappen in the Red Bull here on out.

He added: “Now I know that if I’m in the same position next time, I’m able to do it.

Norris does not want to downplay McLaren’s chances at his home race but says they are “still a way away” from consistently achieving podiums and beaten Mercedes and Red Bull to race wins.

“People are now expecting a lot,” he continued. “More so because of Austria and finishing third. Now people are thinking we’re going to finish on the podium and fight Mercedes again – which I have my doubts about.

“I think we can do well. We don’t have to play it down too much. But while we’re closer than we have ever been, we are still a way away from it.

“There are examples from last season when Pierre [Gasly] won and you can get a bit lucky. You can suddenly be in that position because others have crashed or had failures.

“That needs to happen for us to win a race, we can’t win it outright. But those things can happen. It’s understandable that expectations are high – they can be high – but not podium high.”

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