Lando Norris reveals the advice Lewis Hamilton gave him
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AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda has found himself in hot water for the second consecutive race weekend in a row, as Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll branded him “super desperate” after ruining the Canadian’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
After feeling the heat from Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez, and team boss Christian Horner last time out, the Japanese crashed into the side of Stroll on the opening lap of the race, damaging his own front wing and leaving the Aston’s floor area almost unsalvagable.
It eventually led to Stroll’s retirement in Interlagos after starting P14 due to Lewis Hamilton’s disqualification.
“I think he started on softs, he’s got a really quick car, so in the first couple of laps he was going to be super quick,” Stroll said. “I think he’s off the pace and he’s super desperate to make a move. Just [from] too far back, I don’t know what he was doing.
“I guess he’s just desperate and just way too optimistic.
“That contact damaged my car and from there, more pieces were falling off, which meant that the pace got worse, and we were just going backwards. I think it started off with 25 points [of downforce] and then it was 45 points; pieces falling off the car onto the track. We were just going backwards.”
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The stewards handed Tsunoda a 10-second time penalty for the incident and two points on his license, bringing his total to 12.
It’s the second race weekend in a row that the rookie has been involved in drama, as Red Bull accused him of hampering Verstappen’s chance at pole in Mexico after an incident during qualifying.
In the final moments of qualifying, the AlphaTauri driver was seen trying to get out of Sergio Perez’s way, with the Red Bull on a flying lap behind.
Yet, with few choices, Tsunoda decided to run across the grass to give the Red Bull space, kicking up dust onto the track.
It seemed Perez was distracted by the dust and went wide, ruining the Mexican’s lap.
Verstappen was next on track but was unaware of what had happened and slowed down as a precaution which hampered his final flying lap.
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The Dutchman labeled him a “dumb idiot”, but later admitted he had no idea who was on track when he said it. Horner felt Red Bull had been “Tsunoda-ed”, with Perez adding he felt the rookie was “in my way”.
But the Briton did make a sharp U-turn in regards to his comments, with an outpouring of support for the 21-year-old, including their main title rivals Mercedes tweeting the driver words of encouragement.
Speaking in Mexico, Horner said: “Having had a chance to consider it I think in fairness to Yuki, perhaps he could have been helped a bit more with more information.
“But the outcome was unfortunate, particularly as he was only there to give a tow for his team-mate.”
He added: “Unfortunately social media has a habit of picking on certain lines and then exploiting them.
“It would be a pretty boring world if you weren’t able to comment on the performance of a driver.”
Verstappen had his championship lead cut to just 14 points over Hamilton after a sensational victory for the seven-time world champion in Brazil.
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