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Lewis Hamilton is the third-oldest driver on the grid and after sending a positive message to both Lando Norris and George Russell he is starting to embrace his role as a mentor. Norris was left bitterly disappointed during qualifying for Emilia Romagna Grand Prix after having his best lap time deleted, a time that would’ve put him P3 on the grid.
Writing on Norris’ Instagram, Hamilton said: “Nobody can knock you for giving it your all. Amazing lap, it’s great to see you and the team shine. Move on, let’s race.”
Speaking to Express Sport, Norris admitted having someone of Hamilton’s stature sending encouragement felt pretty special.
“I think it was something that was nice to see,” explained Norris. “I guess coming from someone that has been through exactly what you’re feeling, it definitely means more than anyone who has not been through it saying such a thing.
“I guess that’s the different thing, seeing it from a driver – rather than a fan or engineers, or mechanics, or the group around you. They’re always there for you, to try and be positive and help you get up, and help you get through the bad times.
“But also to see it from a driver, someone who’s actually gone through that in the past few years, or his 12-15 years of F1, that kind of means a little bit more because you know that they’re speaking the truth, and they’ve gone through probably things very similar to that. It’s not like it changes my life, but it’s definitely a cool and a nice thing to see from driver to driver.”