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MONDAY MORNING DEBRIEF: How Norris pulled off Silverstone podium despite ‘pretty terrible’ McLaren limitation

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Mark Hughes
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Max Verstappen’s steamrollering of the 2023 season continues, but his poor start off the grid made for a memorable first few laps as Lando Norris led the race while the other McLaren of Oscar Piastri snapped at the Red Bull’s heels like a terrier puppy.

For Verstappen, it was relatively routine work to remain patient as his tyres came fully up to temperature, then to apply the pressure to Norris in a way which forced the McLaren driver to use up his battery store, wait for DRS – the Drag Reduction System in the rear wing – to be enabled, and then to cruise by on the Wellington Straight.



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