McLaren driver Lando Norris was left disappointed after a collision with Lewis Hamilton on the first lap of the Spanish Grand Prix prematurely ended his hopes of a points finish. The incident occurred when Hamilton checked up to avoid Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz, causing a chain reaction. This resulted in Norris making contact with Hamilton‘s Mercedes and being forced to pit at the end of the opening lap. Hamilton escaped without significant damage and went on to finish second. Norris eventually finished 17th and highlighted McLaren‘s ongoing struggles for pace as contributing to the result.
Despite qualifying in third place, Norris had expected points to be hard to come by due to McLaren‘s struggles for pace alongside several drivers starting out of position further down the field. When asked whether points would have been possible without the incident with Hamilton, Norris replied, “Probably not, no.” He explained that McLaren has been off the pace all season and struggling to finish in the points in half the races.
Mercedes driver George Russell finished in third place, while Sergio Perez‘s Red Bull secured fourth from 11th on the grid. McLaren‘s struggles meant that Norris and teammate Oscar Piastri finished outside the points. Norris stated, “We’re clearly nowhere near as quick as Alpine, Aston, or all of these top-five, top-six teams. There’s no point in thinking ‘we’re going to finish in the points’ because we’re just not quick enough.”
Norris did, however, describe the incident with Hamilton as “just a racing incident” and explained that he was too close to react and brake when Hamilton checked up. He also stressed that Hamilton was blameless. Despite the incident, Norris remains optimistic for the future and is now looking ahead to the next race, the Monaco Grand Prix.