Lando Norris admits Oscar Piastri ‘shame’

Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri had a stunning weekend at the British Grand Prix as McLaren jumped up the order.

Lando Norris expressed admiration for his McLaren teammate, Oscar Piastri, following their impressive finishes of second and fourth place at the British Grand Prix. 

While Norris secured a podium position from his second-place start, Piastri narrowly missed out on a podium finish after losing a place to Lewis Hamilton due to a pit stop timing difference during a Safety Car period.

Speaking after the race, Norris lamented the missed opportunity for his teammate, stating, “Honestly, we should have had P2 and P3… 

“Oscar did an amazing job all weekend, and he should have been P3 today without the Safety Car, so a shame, he deserved it.” 

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This marked the seventh podium finish in Norris’s Formula 1 career, while Piastri achieved his best result of the season with a fourth-place finish. 

Piastri had also showcased his potential during Saturday’s qualifying session, securing a strong third place on the grid, only 0.372 seconds behind the pole position.

Norris was the first of the two drivers to benefit from McLaren’s significant upgrade introduced in the previous race in Austria. 

Piastri had his first opportunity to utilise the upgrade at Silverstone and demonstrated his capabilities by delivering a commendable performance. 

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Acknowledging Piastri’s impact, Norris commented, “He’s been on top form all weekend… 

“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 previously served as the reserve driver for Alpine in the previous year. 

McLaren brought him on board as a replacement for Daniel Ricciardo, who was released from his contract one year early. 

Norris emphasised Piastri’s consistent performance throughout the season, saying, “All year he’s been good… 

“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.”

Expressing empathy for his teammate’s near-miss podium finish, Norris stated, “I feel for him and the team… 

“We did everything we should have done to be P2 and P3. 

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“So it’s a shame he’s not sat here too, but he’ll have his chance.” Norris commended Piastri’s driving skills and noted the potential for future success, stating, “He’s driving very well… 

“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.”