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MONDAY MORNING DEBRIEF: How the mid-race rain rescued McLaren's Sunday in Belgium

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Mark Hughes
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One seventh place and a DNF was McLaren’s official result in the Belgian Grand Prix, with Lando Norris finishing 1m 13s behind Max Verstappen’s winning Red Bull and Oscar Piastri retiring after an incident seconds into the race.

Yet despite the meagre outcome, McLaren had shown flashes of remarkable performance. There was a brief phase of the race where a rain shower – not heavy enough for intermediate tyres but enough to make the track surface extremely tricky – saw Norris become the fastest driver on track by an outrageous amount.

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