Lando Norris says he apologized to Lewis Hamilton directly for his dismissive comments about Lewis breaking the most Formula 1 wins record.
After Lewis Hamilton broke the record for most Formula 1 wins in history, McLaren’s Lando Norris was asked to give his comments on the accomplishment.
“I’m just happy for him, nothing more,” said Norris.
“It doesn’t mean anything to me, really. He’s in a car which should win every race, basically. He has to beat one or two other drivers, that’s it.
“Fair play to him, he’s still doing the job he has to do,” the Briton concluded.
His comments were found to be inappropriate by many observers and later Norris apologized on Twitter.
“I owe an apology. I’ve been stupid and careless with some things I’ve said lately in media and interviews, and haven’t shown the respect I should have to certain people.
“I’m not that kind of person, so know I should apologise to them but also everyone reading/listening. Sorry.”
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Since Norris also made disparaging comments about Racing Point driver Lance Stroll, many were wondering why the apology wasn’t more specific. Ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix the Briton revealed the apology was meant for Hamilton and he also sent a direct message of apology to the six-time champion.
“I apologised, but I also apologised to Lewis himself – I messaged him,” Norris said.
“I don’t know if you knew at the time but I never mean to say something like that in a bad way, or put any bad light on him at all, and I respect everything he’s done to achieve what he’s done.
“It’s incredible no matter what. It was just the way I put it was not the way I wanted to put it across. So, I said what I said, I apologised, and I’ve just got to move on.”
The Briton also said he had “passed [the line] twice with my own opinion”, possibly referring to his comments directed at Stroll, and went on to further clarify his apology.
“It’s always not easy. I guess my first apology was more for the language I used more than anything. Not everything I said I apologised for, just more the specific wording of what I said.
“But it’s not easy, everything can get taken out of context in some way and, especially now in 2020, you have to be careful with what you think.
“And as much as I like voicing my own opinion, and that’s what I did in a lot of ways, I maybe didn’t pick the right wording for what I said.
“But I still have my own opinions and some people are not going to like them, some people are and that’s just the world we live in.
“I probably will make a mistake at some point in the future and say the wrong thing again, but I never mean it and I’ll try to do the right thing,” concluded the McLaren driver.