An ill-timed communication from the McLaren driver’s race engineer at a critical part of the race.
The race engineers will often talk to the drivers each lap and are adept at timing their speech during parts of the lap that won’t negatively affect the driver, unfortunately for Norris, his engineer mistimed his talk just when the McLaren was overtaking at around 180mph.
To race fans, the outburst from the affable youngster is rather unexpected, but it goes to show just how distracting a badly timed communication can be mid-race. Indeed, during a race at the Chinese Grand Prix a few years ago, Kimi Raikkonen made an uncharacteristic mistake out of a high-speed curve which turned out to be caused by his race engineer mistiming a communication, thereby distracting the Finnish driver.
Personally… I thought that was the best Q3 ever! pic.twitter.com/sjr4JQ7WAJ
— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) September 8, 2019
Actually, Kimi has a reputation for swearing over the team radio, confirmed by ex McLaren engineer Marc Priestly who described it as “absolute glorious midrace filth” from Raikkonen, so perhaps we could now describe the likable Norris as Kimi the 2nd?
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