Norris tells us how he fended off Hamilton

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Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton battled for second place after the safety car. The McLaren driver beat the seven-time world champion at the British Grand Prix to finish second. Hamilton says how impressed he is with Norris' racing car Lando Norris says a crucial set-up decision has proven to be crucial in passing Lewis Hamilton to secure second place at the British Grand Prix. After the safety car restarted midway through the race, the two British drivers engaged in an exciting duel. Hamilton pitted on the fastest soft tires when the safety car was called out, but Norris was at a disadvantage as McLaren fitted Norris's car with the most durable but slowest hard tyres. But the 23-year-old put up two laps of excellent defense, putting Mercedes back and ensuring that the two Britons finished on the British Grand Prix podium for the first time since 1999.

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"It was a lot of fun. Lewis pushed me," Norris told Sky Sports F1. Lando Norris says a crucial set-up decision has proven to be crucial in passing Lewis Hamilton to secure second place at the British Grand Prix. After the safety car restarted midway through the race, the two British drivers engaged in an exciting duel. Hamilton pitted on the fastest soft tires when the safety car was called out, but Norris was at a disadvantage as McLaren fitted Norris's car with the most durable but slowest hard tyres. But the 23-year-old put up two laps of excellent defense, putting Mercedes back and ensuring that the two Britons finished on the British Grand Prix podium for the first time since 1999. "It was a lot of fun. Lewis pushed me," Norris told Sky Sports F1.  "Most of the time we were standing side by side and very close at the back. “I set the downforce a bit lower compared to teammate Oscar Piastri because I thought maybe a little bit more speed on the straights would help in the race conditions.”

“And seeing how fast he was on the backstretch against Lewis saved me. That's how I managed to keep second place. It's the little things that sometimes you might not know and you think you're really glad you made those decisions. We were very fast in the high-speed corners. The cars were on rails at high speed and we were that fast." “Every time I managed to pass Lewis at high speed, but then at the later corners he was on top of me again. If you can work on the low speeds, you'll have a car that can easily fight for the top ten and fight for the top five more often." Hamilton described the wheel-to-wheel battle as follows, “I threw it on the inside at Turn 7 [Lafield]. “I pushed the overtaking button so [Norris did as well] overtaking on the road and he had less resistance. " So I had to withdraw. 

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The duel between Hamilton and Norris in the old pitlane, which stretches straight into the Cops curve, reminded me of the 2021 fight with Max Verstappen. It ended in contact and the Red Bull driver crashed into the guardrail. Hamilton and Norris gave each other ample race margin on Sunday and the seven-time world champion continues to impress his compatriot's racing ability. "As you can see, he's inherently very talented and I think it's great to have a race this close and to be able to trust our rival drivers to be tough and fair," said Hamilton. "So there wasn't one element or moment where I thought we could be together and that's what motorsport is all about." I wanted to score the second goal as much as he wanted to defend it. But it shouldn't be today. So let's keep our heads down and move on and hope to see a few more fights in the future." 

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