Lando Norris ‘screwed over’ at Turn 1 as Max Verstappen declares ‘corner was mine’

Thomas Maher
Red Bull's Max Verstappen leads from McLaren's Oscar Piastri at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Budapest, July 2023.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen leads from McLaren's Oscar Piastri at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Budapest, July 2023.

Lando Norris and Max Verstappen have revealed how their races played out through the opening corner of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Lando Norris made it two successive second-place finishes as the McLaren driver came through to finish on the podium once again after starting from third place on the grid.

The British driver fell behind McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri as the pair worked their way past polesitter Lewis Hamilton through the opening corners, but came out ahead of Piastri through the first pitstop sequence as he made use of a powerful undercut.

Lando Norris: I got a bit screwed over at Turn 1

Reflecting on his race in the immediate aftermath of the chequered flag, Norris said it hadn’t been an easy race despite the comfortable second place he held for most of the Grand Prix.

“Just yeah, a tough race,” he summed up.

“Not an easy one, especially with Checo [Perez] catching at the end but he didn’t have enough pace to catch up.

“So I’m happy, I had to fight for it a little bit in the beginning. I got a bit screwed over in Turn 1, but another podium for us and for McLaren, which is amazing.”

But, on pace alone, Norris has written off any possibility of a McLaren win unless extraneous circumstances occur.

“If Max [Verstappen] retires or something then maybe, but, at the minute, the guys [Red Bull are too quick unless they make mistakes or something happens,” he said.

“We’re very happy with the progress we’ve made to go from where we were, like four or five races ago, struggling to get out of Q1 to sometimes fighting for poles and fighting for podiums… we’ll take it for now and hopefully, our time will come later in the year.”

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Max Verstappen: Turn 1 was mine!

Having started from second place on the grid, a precarious position on the dirtier side of the track, Verstappen rectified his usual steady starts to races in 2023 by hooking up his start and getting alongside Lewis Hamilton into the first corner.

Keeping his nose in, he braked late to ensure he took the position from his former title rival and, once past, he never had to look back again.

“Finally, we had a really good start, so I’m very happy with that,” he explained afterward.

“We’ve been working on that quite a bit to try and really get the good bite. I knew, of course, when I had the inside, that that corner was mine so…”

“I was just late on the brakes. It was a heavy car so, luckily, it all worked out well. Basically, from there onwards, I could go do my race. And, today, the car was really, really quick.”

With Verstappen having been critical of the handling of his car during the qualifying session and earlier practice, Verstappen said the car had been impeccable in race trim.

“Over one lap, this weekend was a bit of a struggle but, maybe, it was probably a good thing for today,” he said.

“The car was good on any tyre. We could look after the tire wear and, basically, that’s why we could create such a big gap.”

With Verstappen’s win taking Red Bull to a record-breaking 12 Grand Prix victories in a row for a constructor, the Dutch driver said there’s no reason to never stop looking for perfection.

“12 wins in a row is just incredible. What we’ve been going through the last few years is unbelievable and, hopefully, we can keep this momentum going for a long time,” he said.

“Just to work with the whole team is always very enjoyable, it’s always good to look into like yesterday, for example, to keep pushing, always wanting to do better, but then a day like today is just perfect.”

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