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McLaren: Norris podium earned on Merit

IMOLA, ITALY – APRIL 18: Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP, race winner Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing, Alastair Rew, Financial Director of Red Bull Racing and third placed Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 celebrate on the podium after the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 18, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

McLaren’s Team Principal Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris earned his podium on merit, playing down Perez’s spin behind the Safety Car and team orders which allowed the Briton to go past Ricciardo.

“I definitely wound say so, that it is a deserver podium today,” said Seidl when asked if Norris earned his podium on pace.

“If you look at the two guys that have been in front of us, they are the reference in this sport together with their teams at the moment. Therefore, it is obviously very, very good to finish in P3.

“It’s important also to not again get carried away now with this result, if you look at how quickly Max could drive away in this last stint, then you see we still have a lot of work to do.

“What was obviously very encouraging to see as well is how Lando is flying at the moment.

“So two race weekends now in a row where he showed that he definitely made the next step as a driver, so I’m very happy with that.

“I’m also happy with how Daniel was battling it through today. It was not an easy race for him because he didn’t feel that comfortable in the car compared to Lando.

“We have seen today in these tricky conditions a lot of people got it wrong and went off by trying to do too much.

“Daniel drove in my opinion a great race and still scoring despite the struggles he is still having with our car at the moment, scoring a very important P6 for us. So yeah, very happy about that.

“Overall, it was simply very encouraging to see yesterday in qualifying and today in the race that confirmation again that the entire team together with our colleagues from Mercedes over the winter did a great job.”

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