Lando Norris makes major confession to Lewis Hamilton as McLaren misses out on winning chances

Lando Norris said he blamed himself for making wrong decisions during the race at Silverstone and ultimately handing victory to Lewis Hamilton, who did a “better” job.

McLaren looked set for a one-two after showing excellent pace in the wet conditions, but poor decisions from both Norris and the team ultimately condemned them to P3 and P4.

Lando Norris regrets missed opportunity at British GP

After a poor start, Norris re-passed Max Verstappen as the track began to get wetter. Both he and Oscar Piastri showed great speed to not only pass the Red Bull but also overtake both Mercedes in the lead.

While the duo opened up a gap between them and the chasing pack, McLaren made poor strategy by only allowing leader Norris in, ultimately sending Piastri down to P6.

Later in the race, the team decided to run an extra lap and switch to the soft tyres instead of the normal medium tyres, which put Norris behind both Hamilton and Verstappen, who was on the hard tyres.

“I don’t make the right decisions,” he said. “At the same time, today I blame myself for not making the right decisions, but I hate it.

“I hate ending up in this position and always having excuses for not doing a good enough job, but I’m still happy. I’m still going to enjoy it.

“I think we still did so many things right, so many positive things. But especially here at Silverstone, the place where I would like everything to go perfectly. That didn’t happen today, but I will come back stronger next year and try again.”

Norris lost further ground in his title fight with Verstappen, but took the time to praise Hamilton, who took victory for the first time since 2021.

“First of all congratulations Lewis,” Norris said of his British colleague. “That crucial decision at the end, he just did a better job, so hats off to him and Mercedes, they deserve it.

“It was tough. It was fun. It was fun to fight these guys and these tricky conditions are always on the edge and you risk so many things, but there were a few too many disappointments today and as a team I don’t think we did the job we should have done or well enough, but still it’s nice to be here on the podium.”

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