Lando Norris left raging at ‘dangerous’ Max Verstappen ahead of Saudi Grand Prix

Lando Norris slammed Formula One rival Max Verstappen’s “dangerous” driving during practice for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix on Saturday.

Miscommunication between Verstappen and his Red Bull team meant the reigning world champion was unaware of Norris coming up behind him on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.

McLaren ace Norris was alarmed to see a slow-moving Verstappen in his path, before avoiding a hefty collision by decelerating and swerving onto the curb. But the 23-year-old was clearly shaken as he vented over the team radio.

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“It's dangerous what these guys are doing,” the McLaren driver exclaimed after the near-miss. “They need to use the radio or something. That could have been a massive crash.”

Verstappen also let his feelings known to his team, calling them out for failing to update him on the whereabouts of his F1 rival.

The Dutchman was later seen pulling alongside Norris on the track to apologise for the incident.

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But it was far from the only issue of the day for two-time champion Verstappen as he was forced to withdraw from Saturday night's qualifying session. The Red Bull sensation had to retire from Q2 with six minutes remaining due to a drive shaft issue, leaving him down in 15th for Sunday's start.

He said in his interview: "It's the first time I've heard about [a drive shaft issue]. It happened coming out of turn 10.

"It's very annoying for it to happen as I think so far we've had a really good weekend. Every session has gone really well and every time we went on the track the car was working really well.

"So now it will be a bit more tricky to get to the front. But it's all about scoring points. It's a long season. Of course, I would have preferred to start further up the road, but I can't change that now.

"Anything is possible at this track. We've seen a lot of crazy things, but we have to stay realistic. It's going to be tough, but we have good pace so for sure we'll move forward."


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