Lando Norris apologises to Max Verstappen in Belgium

McLaren racer Lando Norris has issued a public apology to Max Verstappen in Belgium.

Lando Norris has sincerely apologised to Red Bull and Max Verstappen ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, after the British driver was seen joking about breaking the Dutchman’s trophy last weekend.

Whilst conducting his trademark celebration last weekend at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Norris knocked Verstappen’s handmade trophy onto the floor, which shattered into several pieces.

Both drivers were seen laughing at the wreckage, whilst Norris jokingly blamed Verstappen for placing his trophy in the wrong place.

However, he has properly apologised to the reigning World Champion and Red Bull ahead of this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, as well as those who designed and made the trophy.

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“I mean, first of all, I do want to apologise for it,” Norris said ahead of the this weekend. “I obviously had no intention in ever doing such a thing.

“And I know how much it means to the Hungarians and is part of their culture and so forth.

“So yeah, of course I want to enjoy the time but it was never my intention to do such thing and I did apologise to Max, I know I’ve made a couple of jokes about it, which maybe I shouldn’t, but I do feel bad for…if he did it to my trophy I’d be annoyed.

“I do apologise for it and and obviously the people who put the time and effort into making it, I really didn’t mean for it to happen, so I’ll make sure I’m a lot more careful next time on celebrating.”

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Despite the problems his champagne celebration caused at the Hungaroring, Norris doesn’t plan on changing how he celebrates a rostrum anytime soon, with him seeing “no reason why I should”.

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“I would say no. I mean, there’s no reason why I should,” insisted Norris.

“I’ll just take a little bit more care obviously what I do, but yeah, I’ll just move the trophies aside and then continue.”

Norris is on the hunt for a third consecutive podium this weekend at Spa, having finished second at the British Grand Prix and at Hungary.