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Palmer defends Norris, blames McLaren for Sochi blunder

Ex-F1 driver Jolyon Palmer says Lando Norris was not to blame in any way for victory slipping away at the Russian Grand Prix. Pole-sitter Norris had delivered a fine drive after taking the lead back from Carlos Sainz in Sochi, but a major challenge loomed in the closing stages as Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton approached. Just as the battle started to commence though, heavy rain returned to the Sochi Autodrom, leaving drivers with a dilemma over whether to pit for intermediates or keep going on the dry tyres and stick it out until the end. Norris pushed his McLaren team for the latter, and it backfired as the rain intensified, leaving Norris a passenger as he limped back to the pit lane. That...
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