The Australian Honey Badger, Daniel Ricciardo has already showed him team spirit once in Imola when he let his position slip only Lando Norris can clinch a place on the podium. Witnessing Norris wave to other drivers as he passes them is a common occurrence in Formula 1 and while most do not read too much into any potential deeper meaning to it, some want to see it as an act of cheekiness bordering on arrogance.
Norris was seen waving to Ricciardo as he lapped his new McLaren team-mate in Monaco GP, but the British driver is not giving the headlines some sections of the media are looking for.
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Asked if his wave to Ricciardo meant a “bye, bye sucker” by Channel 4 presenter Steve Jones, Norris said, “That was a ‘cheers’.
Norris added, “I don’t think it really matters. In Monaco you just get stuck behind everyone and gaps get created so I don’t think anyone needs to talk about that.
“Daniel doesn’t need any shame or anything [being lapped]. It was just a blue flag and it’s easy to get here in Monaco because you just get stuck behind cars.
“So it doesn’t matter.
“I think Daniel had good pace in the race. When I got ahead of him I didn’t really pull away.”
Norris also offered his thoughts on Ricciardo’s struggles with the MCL35M whilst he continues to thrive in the car.
Lando Norris continued, “He’s just been struggling with the confidence with the car, which I felt good with this weekend. But when you just don’t have that, with these types of cars, you lack speed and lack confidence to really push on the car.
“It’s tricky but like we saw in Barcelona, when the car is good [for him] he’s there. But when it’s not, he struggles. It’s up to him.”
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