Lando Norris “doesn’t get too dizzy” after Austrian GP summit

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Lando Norris warned of skyrocketing expectations for his home British Grand Prix after putting McLaren on back on the Formula 1 podium in Austria on Sunday.

For the third time this season, the 21-year-old finished third, having started number one for the first time in his career, and was voted Driver of the Day by fans.

Mercedes-powered McLaren are also third in the Manufacturers’ Championship, ahead of Ferrari, and Silverstone is next with a crowd of around 140,000 expected on race day as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.

“The annoying thing is that so many people are going to expect this every weekend now,” Norris told Sky Sports television after the Red Bull Ring race.

“I’m not too dizzy because I know we’re going to go to Silverstone and it will probably be a bit more like a return to normalcy.”

Norris said McLaren didn’t expect to be this quick in Austria, but a combination of factors, including warmer weather, contributed to the improvements to the car. Australian Daniel Ricciardo started 13th and finished seventh.

Rivals noted the McLaren’s speed, with Norris ahead of the two Mercedes cars in qualifying and overtaking seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who finished fourth in a damaged car, in the race.

“Such a good driver, Lando,” Hamilton commented on team radio.

Norris, who has finished in the top five in eight of nine races this year and is fourth overall, said he is not downplaying his chances in order to make himself look good.

“We’ve always been strong in Austria, every year since I first came here in F1. Silverstone wasn’t so good for us last season,” he said.

“It’s not like I want to be negative. I’m just a realist and I feel like a lot of people are going to expect this every weekend from now on and complain ‘why aren’t we we not fast? “.”

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl said Norris could have finished second without a time penalty imposed after the Stewards ruled he forced Red Bull’s Sergio Perez off the track at the start of the race.

“Let’s focus on the positives,” he added. “A sensational racing weekend in the end for the team, for Lando.”

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