‘It’s still on’: Lando Norris insists he can battle Max Verstappen for F1 crown

  • Oscar Piastri denied his McLaren teammate in Hungary
  • ‘I know it’s a big stretch … I’m ready to battle,’ says Norris

Lando Norris has insisted he is in the Formula One world championship fight with Max Verstappen and believes his McLaren team is well placed to take the competition to the wire, despite team orders denying him victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Norris’s teammate, Oscar Piastri, took his debut F1 win in Budapest with a superb drive, but the final third of the race was marked by ­McLaren’s team orders. When Piastri was leading the team pitted Norris before the Austra­lian, concerned that any problem at the stop may cost them a potential one- two. When Piastri then stopped, Norris took the lead on fresher tyres.

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Lando Norris admits he was tempted to ignore team orders and win

  • Briton surrendered race lead as instructed by McLaren
  • Oscar Piastri let through for maiden win at Hungarian GP

Lando Norris admitted he considered disobeying the team orders to surrender the lead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, to allow his McLaren ­teammate, Oscar Piastri, to take ­victory, des­cribing his thought process in the closing stages as he engaged in a tense standoff with his team as “pretty crazy”.

Norris had been told by McLaren to hand back the lead he had gained through a pit-stop strategy decision from Piastri, who had led almost the entire race. However, for the final 17 laps Norris vehemently resisted the repeated and increasingly frenetic calls to concede the position, before finally doing so reluctantly with three laps to go.

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Oscar Piastri wins F1 Hungarian GP after McLaren order Norris to give up lead

  • Australian driver enjoys debut win in second season
  • Teammate Lando Norris reluctantly ceded the lead

Oscar Piastri won the Hungarian Grand Prix after an enormously tense finale in a showdown with his McLaren teammate Lando Norris, who finished second only after he very reluctantly agreed to follow team orders and let the Australian past with three laps remaining to secure his debut Formula One grand prix victory.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was third. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was fourth and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who was furious with his car and his team throughout, came in fifth. He is under investigation for causing a collision, having hit Hamilton in an over-ambitious overtake attempt late in the race.

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Lando Norris takes Hungarian F1 GP pole after Russell’s shock early exit

  • McLaren driver beat teammate, Oscar Piastri, into second
  • Session interrupted by stoppages after two crashes

Having defied the pressure to claim pole in what was a high-intensity qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lando Norris and his McLaren team know they must now deliver when it matters on Sunday. Missed opportunities and minor errors have peppered recent races proving costly but with Oscar Piastri completing a McLaren front row lock-out, in what was clearly the quickest car of the field, Budapest feels like a must-win for Norris.

His lap for pole was an exceptional run at the Hungaroring, chasing down the time Max Verstappen, who finished disappointed in third, had set. So aggressive and confident was the 24-year-old, nailing apex after apex, he was in imperious form, finishing more than three-tenths clear of the Dutchman.

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Red Bull and Max Verstappen feel heat in Hungary as title race warms up

  • Victories for Russell and Hamilton raise Mercedes’ spirits
  • World champion looks to upgrade for a boost

A long, hot weekend in Budapest lies ahead at the Hungarian Grand Prix where a testing trial, heavy with import for the top teams is perfectly poised as they look towards what is set to be a fiercely competitive second half of the Formula One season.

Temperatures at the Hungaroring soared to 33C on Friday afternoon,piling the heat on top of the tension in an increasingly hard to predict battle which was scarcely imaginable earlier in the season.

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Lewis Hamilton hails Ralf Schumacher but insists F1 has work to do on diversity

  • Schumacher ‘wasn’t comfortable coming out in past’
  • Hamilton believes his on-grid protests forced change

Lewis Hamilton has praised Ralf Schumacher’s decision to announce he was in a same-sex relationship but insisted Formula One still has a long way to go in encouraging further diversity and inclusion.

Earlier this week former F1 driver Schumacher, the brother of seven-time champion Michael, came out on social media but he is one of only four drivers to have done so since the championship began in 1950, highlighting the paucity of LGBTQ+ representation in the sport.

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Ralf Schumacher coming out will have a positive impact on ‘evolving’ F1 | Giles Richards

Sport has become more inclusive and former driver’s decision to come out as gay will hopefully inspire others

Long a bastion of male heterosexuality, Formula One is a sport that for years positively revelled in all that went with it. The drivers living a glamorous high-life alongside beautiful women was sold to the extent that it became intrinsically linked with F1’s image. Change is happening for the better but as some of those in the sport note it has been a long time coming.

On Sunday when the former driver Ralf Schumacher came out as being in a same-sex relationship, he was only the third F1 driver to have done so since the championship began in 1950. Schumacher, brother of the seven-time world champion Michael, raced between 1997 and 2007 and was married for 14 years to Cora Schumacher, a former model, before they separated in 2015. Nonetheless rumours about his personal life persisted during his time in F1 and afterwards.

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‘Fairytale’ win inspires Hamilton to believe in more victories with Mercedes

  • British GP ended win drought to restore optimism
  • Wolff: Mercedes have ‘clicked’ and found performance

Toto Wolff has described Lewis ­Hamilton’s victory on Sunday at the British Grand Prix as a fairytale, while the seven-time world champion is now optimistic he can take more ­victories this season and end his time with Mercedes on a high.

Hamilton took the flag at Silverstone with a mighty drive in tricky wet and dry conditions to end a win-drought stretching back to the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in December 2021. His car is now increasingly close to the frontrunners, Red Bull and McLaren, after two years of ­struggling for performance.

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Lewis Hamilton makes F1 history with British Grand Prix victory – as it happened

The British driver won his ninth race at Silverstone, the most any driver has won at any track in F1 history

2/52 So, Russell and Hamilton clear. Norris is giving chase to Verstappen round Copse Corner. Russell is 6/10 ahead, with Verstappen out of DRS range. Hulkenberg has been reported to stewards for doing off-piste, while Gasly didn’t start at all.

1/52 Russell heads off Hamilton, and Verstappen makes the move on Norris and gets there to make it to third, just two more Brits to chase. Norris struggling with tyre temperature and Alex Albon has reported a puncture.

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‘I didn’t see it coming’ – Toto Wolff on facing up to losing Lewis Hamilton

The Mercedes team principal on his friendship with the British driver and how he is dealing with his move to Ferrari

After what might be considered an enormously long honeymoon period, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are now handling the breakup. Yet on the eve of the British Grand Prix, the team principal, Toto Wolff, believes the relationship he and his team have forged with the seven-time champion will yet last the ages.

This weekend’s race will be Hamilton’s last for Mercedes at Silverstone as his move to Ferrari at the end of the season marches inexorably closer. He and Wolff both joined the team in 2013 and enjoyed unprecedented success together, Hamilton taking six titles and Mercedes eight constructors’ championships.

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Norris admits Verstappen does not need to apologise for ‘pathetic’ collision

  • Pair are still ‘great friends’ despite heated aftermath
  • Dutchman insists he will not temper driving style

Lando Norris has revealed he met Max Verstappen to clear the air after their angry clash at last week’s ­Austrian Grand Prix but while the British driver says the pair are still “great friends” the Dutchman has insisted he will not be changing his driving style.

Norris, who had to quit the race after being hit by Verstappen at the Red Bull Ring during a battle for the lead, was furious in the aftermath and accused Verstappen of being reckless and desperate, and demanded that the Dutchman apologise to him.

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Teenager Ollie Bearman to be fourth British F1 driver after joining Haas

  • Impressed as last-minute stand-in at Saudi Grand Prix
  • ‘It’s hard to put into words just how much this means’

Teenager Ollie Bearman will become the fourth British driver in Formula One after it was announced he will race for Haas in 2025. The 19-year-old, who impressed as a last-minute stand-in for Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in March, joins Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell on the F1 grid next year.

Bearman’s multi-season deal with the American outfit – effectively Ferrari’s B team – was confirmed on the eve of the driver’s home event at Silverstone.

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Confident George Russell heads into British Grand Prix set to go up a gear

Briton is coming off the back of his first win of the season and now thinks he has proved he is ‘as good as anyone’

George Russell is understandably in buoyant mood heading into his home race at the British Grand Prix. The 26-year-old rolls into Silverstone this weekend on the back of a win and with no shortage of confidence.

When asked to appraise his standing among Formula One’s top drivers he is unhesitant. “I believe I’m as good as anyone,” he says. “I think I’ve proven that.”

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