Lando Norris vents frustration at 'dangerous' Max Verstappen during practice for Saudi Arabia Grand Prix
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McLaren favourite Lando Norris has slammed the 'dangerous' driving of Red Bull's Max Verstappen as the practice for the upcoming Saudi Arabian Grand Prix continued on Saturday.
Miscommunication between Verstappen and his team almost lead to a dangerous collision, as the Dutchman held up the McLaren driver as he flew around the Jeddah Corniche Circuit.
Thankfully for both parties, Norris was able to decelerate quickly enough to avoid any collision, but that didn't stop the Englishman from venting his frustrations over the team radio as he continued his practice run.
"It's dangerous what these guys are doing." Norris exclaimed to his team.
"They need to use their radio or something. That could have been a massive crash."
Verstappen was quickly on the line to his team to make his feelings known, complaining to his team for failing to update him on the whereabouts of his F1 rival.
The two were seen in conversation following the practice, where it is believed that Verstappen apologised to Norris for the incident.
It wasn't the only issue for Red Bull on Saturday, as Max Verstappen was forced to withdraw from Saturday night's qualifying session after pulling his car off the track due to issues with the drive shaft during practice.
Initial reports suggested that there was an issue with the engine inside Verstappen's car, although Red Bull later confirmed that the issue was not with the engine, instead with the drive shaft of the car.
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Speaking to Sky after practice, Verstappen admitted that it was the first time he's heard of such an issues:
"It's the first time I've heard about [a drive shaft issue]. It happened coming out of turn 10. It's very annoying for it to happen as I think so far we've had a really good weekend. Every session has gone really well and every time we went on the track the car was working really well.
"So now it will be a bit more tricky to get to the front. But it's all about scoring points. It's a long season. Of course, I would have preferred to start further up the road, but I can't change that now.
"Anything is possible at this track. We've seen a lot of crazy things, but we have to stay realistic. It's going to be tough, but we have good pace so for sure we'll move forward."
Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez claimed pole for tomorrow's Grand Prix.
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