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Brundle: Norris vs Hamilton at Silverstone a handing over the baton

Brundle: Norris vs Hamilton at Silverstone, handing over the baton

Brundle: Norris vs Hamilton at Silverstone a handing over the baton

Martin Brundle, the former Formula 1 driver and respected pundit, believes the fight between Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris at the British Grand Prix is consider a “handing over the baton” moment for British drivers.

Norris had to defend from Hamilton following the Safety Car period at the British Grand Prix last Sunday, the Mercedes man on Soft tyres, the McLaren young gun on Hards and disadvantaged at the re-start as he needed more time to get grip and temperature into his tyres compared to his rival.

While not happy with his team’s choice to bolt Hards, Norris soaked up the pressure beautifully as Hamilton launched a relentless attack for second place, and was able to keep the seven-time F1 Champion at bay.

Norris’ tyres were soon up to temperature, while Hamilton’s faded and as a result, the #4 McLaren beat the #44 Mercedes across the line ahead.

Brundle, in his Sky Sports F1 column following the race at Silverstone, reflected on the British battle for second; he wrote: “The biggest story of the race was the restart after the safety car when both McLarens were on fresh hard compound tyres while those around them had lightly-used soft tyres fitted.

Hamilton aggressive and controlled, Norris defended cleanly

“It looked like a mistake and Norris clearly thought so, judging by his radio message,” he added. “But what would follow could arguably be considered as handing over the baton in British F1 driver terms.

“The warm-up of the hard tyres would take longer than the two steps softer ‘soft’ tyres and both Norris and Hamilton were all too aware of that,” the pundit explained. “Lewis had a handful of corners over a couple of laps, albeit with no DRS open rear wing available, to make second place his.

“He was aggressive and yet controlled but Lando positioned his car perfectly to block Lewis without any weaving or dirty driving,” he insisted.

“It was a pleasure to watch and once he survived that phase then he could stretch his legs out of DRS range to finish nearly four seconds ahead of Hamilton who had [Oscar] Piastri right on his tail,” Brundle concluded.

McLaren were on their way to a second and third place finish with Norris and teammate Oscar Piastri, but the latter was disadvantaged by the timing of the Safety Car, which meant he lost out to Hamilton, missing out on his first ever F1 career podium.