Lando Norris was angry at Pierre Gasly during the French Grand Prix, as the McLaren driver called him “an idiot” as the Frenchman almost made contact with him.

The McLaren driver admitted there are no hard feelings betweem him and Gasly, as he says the anger happens in the heat of the moment.

“It’s more just at the time – and it’s the thing that many people don’t realize when you’re not actually driving the car. You feel like a lot of things can not go your way and you lose an opportunity to overtake and you feel like someone or something has almost caused you to have damage. I almost took my front wing off and we almost made contact and things.

“It wasn’t needed, I feel, the level of aggression he had.

“I don’t mind racing and having wheel-to-wheel and even a little bit of contact and whatever nowadays,” Norris said. “It’s good fun and you grow up doing that in different categories. But when someone just pushes it a little bit too far, and you know, with how far he ended up off the track, he didn’t need to go as far as he did.

“But I’ve got nothing against him, we had a bit of a joke after when we were doing our interviews and stuff. We’re cool and I look forward to more racing with Pierre or whoever on track. Just not racing that puts you out of the race.”

When asked about the incident and Norris calling him an “idiot,” Gasly said: “You guys seem to like that battle, because you keep talking about it the whole time!

“The radio, in the heat of the moment there is a lot of things we say and like football players, every single word they say on the pitch between them are probably not as friendly. It is part of racing, hopefully, we’ll have more battles this season and I enjoyed it. There was no harm in the pass, and I would not mind another battle with them this weekend.

“I’m not sure why there is a big story around this battle. I think it was nice, hard racing. We always complain we don’t have any overtakes in Formula 1 so I think you guys should be pleased when there is and that’s about it.

Maybe Lando didn’t like it, but at the end of the day it’s racing, we’re all paid to go fast and race and try to bring as many points for our teams, and that’s what I try to do every weekend.”

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