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McLaren denies ploy to hold up Verstappen in Q3

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl says that there was no plan for Lando Norris to purposefully hold up Max Verstappen in qualifying to help protect Mercedes' drivers as suggested by Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko. Marko inferred in an interview with Austrian broadcaster Servus TV that a message from the McLaren pitwall in Q3 asking Norris not to do the fast-approaching Verstappen "any favours" was a ploy destined to impede the Dutchman in his efforts to beat his Mercedes rivals. At the time, Verstappen was on his final flyer in Q3, having seen his previous fastest lap - which would have been good enough for pole - deleted for exceeding track limits at Turn 4. A...
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