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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing, 1st position, and Lando Norris, McLaren F1 Team, 2nd position, congratulate each other in Parc Ferme
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Formula 1 Spanish GP
Analysis

Why it wasn't just Russell's start that cost Norris the Spanish GP victory

Lando Norris believed he could have won Formula 1's Spanish Grand Prix with a McLaren he remarked was "the quickest car" on Sunday. But losing ground behind George Russell after the Mercedes driver's flying start wasn't the only factor in his defeat to Max Verstappen and Red Bull

“We need to leave now.”

Little did Autosport know when McLaren press attaché Harry Bull’s hand came gently but firmly down upon our right shoulder that we were on the cusp of witnessing all the good that Formula 1 can offer.

Just 27 hours before Lando Norris so nearly won the 2024 Spanish Grand Prix against who else but Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, his McLaren squad was facing unexpected, serious, jeopardy.

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