Lando Norris withdrew some of his criticism of Max Verstappen regarding their Austrian Grand Prix collision as he insisted his rival does not owe him an apology over the incident.

Red Bull’s Verstappen and McLaren’s Norris collided as they battled for the lead in the closing stages of last weekend’s race, with the Briton left to retire, while Verstappen finished fifth after being forced to pit.

Verstappen was given a 10-second penalty by the stewards for causing the incident, and Norris said after the race he would lose “respect” for the three-time world champion if he did not accept responsibility.

However, speaking at Silverstone ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, Norris appeared to backtrack from his initial criticism as he confirmed he had spoken to Verstappen, with whom he shares a friendship.

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McLaren’s Norris and Red Bull’s Verstappen engaged in an exhilarating battle for the race lead before the pair crashed into one another, as George Russell ended up capitalising to win the Austrian Grand Prix

“Honestly, I don’t think he needed to apologise,” Norris said. “Some of the things I said in the pen after the race were more just because I was frustrated at the time, a lot of adrenaline, a lot of emotions and I probably said some things I didn’t necessarily believe in, especially later on in the week.

“It was tough. It was a pretty pathetic incident in terms of what ended both our races. It wasn’t like a hit, it wasn’t like an obvious bit of contact. It was probably one of the smallest bits of contact you could have, but with a pretty terrible consequence for both of us, especially for myself.

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Norris was initially left fuming after his collision with Verstappen

“He doesn’t need to. I don’t expect an apology from him. I don’t think he should apologise. I thought it was, as reviewed, good racing, at times maybe very close to the edge, but like I said we’ve spoken about it and we’re both happy to go racing again.”

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Sky Sports F1’s live British GP schedule (all F1 sessions on Sky Showcase)

The British Grand Prix takes place this Sunday live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Showcase
The British Grand Prix takes place this Sunday live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Showcase

Thursday July 4
6pm: The F1 Show

Friday July 5
8.35am: F3 Practice
9.55am: F2 Practice
12pm: British GP Practice One (session starts at 12.30pm)
2.05pm: F3 Qualifying
3pm: F2 Qualifying
3.45pm: British GP Practice Two (session starts at 4pm)

Saturday July 6
9.15am: F3 Sprint
11.15am: British GP Practice Three (session starts at 11.30am)
1.10pm: F2 Sprint
2.15pm: British GP Qualifying build-up
3pm: British GP Qualifying
5pm: Ted’s Qualifying Notebook

Sunday July 7
8:15am: F3 Feature Race
9:50am: F2 Feature Race
11:50am: Porsche Supercup
1:30pm: Grand Prix Sunday – British GP build-up
5pm: Chequered Flag: British GP reaction
6pm: Ted’s Notebook

F1’s summer triple-header concludes with the big one, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Watch every session live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Showcase, with Sunday’s race at 3pm. Stream every F1 race and more with a NOW Sports Month Membership – No contract, cancel anytime