Norris completed second to Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz on the Marina Bay Circuit after a tense finish to the 62-lap race, as more energizing medium tyres introduced Russell and Lewis Hamilton onto the tail of the 2 leaders struggling on older arduous compound rubber.
In his efforts to maintain Russell at bay on the ultimate tour, Norris grazed the wall together with his right-rear tyre on the Flip 10 left-hander, however was capable of proceed whereas Russell’s comparable contact fired him into the boundaries to raise Hamilton onto the rostrum.
Talking instantly after the race, the McLaren driver defined: “I hit the wall on the final lap in the identical place [as Russell], so I believe he copied me and simply did it even worse.
“So I really feel for him, he fought a troublesome race.”
Norris, who had run behind Russell in third previous to the Mercedes driver making a second cease beneath a digital security automobile, opined that Russell “was the quickest” driver within the race and revealed that his demise had made the top to his race extra easy.
“It helped me a bit the final couple corners, I might chill just a bit bit extra,” he stated.
Sainz remarked after the race that he felt “beneath management” on his option to changing into the primary non-Crimson Bull driver to win a race in 2023, and Norris praised his former team-mate for permitting him inside a second to fend off the Mercedes duo with DRS.
George Russell, Mercedes F1 W14, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60, Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR23
Photograph by: Andy Hone / Motorsport Images
“Carlos was very beneficiant making an attempt to assist me get DRS,” stated Norris, whose second place was his third podium of the season after an identical outcomes at Silverstone and the Hungaroring.
“He helped my race and I additionally helped his, so it was powerful.
“We knew it was going to be powerful as quickly because the Mercedes boxed, particularly with solely a few vehicles for them to overhaul.
“However we’re on the rostrum, P2, we held them off. We did every thing we wanted to do and extra. So tremendous comfortable.”