Apologetic Norris guarantees to be “extra cautious” after breaking Verstappen’s trophy

Lando Norris says he be “much more cautious” on the rostrum in future after unintentionally breaking the race winner’s trophy final weekend in Hungary.

The McLaren driver is thought for celebrating by ‘spiking’ his champagne bottle in celebration on the rostrum. This entails slamming the bottle down on its base to eject a stream of liquid into the air.

After spiking his bottle on the rostrum on the Hungaroring, the place he completed in second place, Norris inadvertently knocked race winner Max Verstappen’s trophy off the highest step of the rostrum, breaking the porcelain decoration into two items.

“Initially, I do need to apologise for it,” Norris mentioned forward of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Hungaroring, 2023Norris’ stunt left Verstappen’s trophy in items“I clearly had no intention of ever doing such a factor. And I understand how a lot it means to the Hungarians and a part of their tradition and so forth. In fact I need to benefit from the time, nevertheless it was by no means my intention to do such a factor.”

Though Norris made mild of the incident on Sunday final week, he confirmed he “did apologise to Max” as effectively.

“I do know I clearly made a few jokes about it – which possibly I shouldn’t – however I do really feel unhealthy. If he did it to my trophy I’d be irritated!

“So I do apologise for it and clearly the individuals who put the effort and time in and every part into making it. I actually didn’t imply for it to occur. So I’ll ensure I’m much more cautious subsequent time when celebrating.”

Gallery: First photos from the 2023 Belgian Grand Prix weekendThe trophy producers, Herendi Porcelanmanufaktura, are reportedly producing a alternative for Purple Bull, who will take possession of the trophy as an alternative of Verstappen.

“We get a brand new one anyway so it’s alright,” mentioned the championship chief.

“I don’t know what they’re really doing with it. I believe it’s again on the manufacturing facility in the intervening time nevertheless it takes six months apparently to make a brand new one. So I assume for six months they’ll maintain the damaged one after which they get a new one.”

Requested if he would take into account retiring his trademark champagne spike, Norris mentioned there was “no cause why I ought to.”

“I’ll simply take somewhat bit extra care with clearly what I do,” he mentioned. “However I’ll simply transfer the trophies apart after which proceed.”

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