Following the Portuguese Grand Prix, Lando Norris was asked for his thoughts on Lewis Hamilton breaking Michael Schumacher’s win record, to which he replied:
“I’m just happy for him, nothing more. It doesn’t mean anything to me, really. He’s in a car which should win every race, basically.
“He has to beat one or two other drivers, that’s it. Fair play to him, he’s still doing the job he has to do.”
Norris’ remarks were interpreted by some people as an attempt to downplay Hamilton’s achievements, and the McLaren driver later posted an apology on social media, but he didn’t mention anyone in particular.
At the time, it seemed his apology was directed at Hamilton and Lance Stroll, who he called a “c***” over the weekend after the pair collided at Portimao.
Ahead of this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Norris has clarified that his apology was mainly directed towards Lewis Hamilton.
“They were more the comments about Lewis and him reaching his 92 wins. Which I have a lot of respect for and I didn’t choose the right words to put it into context,” Norris said.
Norris also revealed that he messaged Lewis Hamilton to apologise in private.
“I apologised [on Twitter] but I also apologised to Lewis himself, I messaged him. I don’t know if he knew about it at the time but I never meant to say something like that in a bad way or put any bad light on him at all. I respect everything he’s done to achieve what he’s done.”
Continuing, Norris said: “It was all done off my own back. No one pressured me. I woke up in the morning, I looked on social media, and there was a lot more bad comments than good about the things I said.”
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