WATCH: Lando Norris' god like reflexes to avoid deadly collision with impeding Red Bull

McLaren’s Lando Norris showcased not only his speed but also his incredible reflexes, narrowly avoiding a collision with Red Bull Academy driver Isack Hadjar.

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The British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone began with an unexpected and thrilling incident during the first practice session. McLaren’s Lando Norris showcased not only his speed but also his incredible reflexes, narrowly avoiding a collision with Red Bull Academy driver Isack Hadjar.

Norris, who recently had an on-track clash with Max Verstappen in Austria, set the fastest lap of the session with a time of 1:27.420s. His performance put him ahead of Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll by 0.134 seconds, with McLaren teammate Oscar Piastri clocking in as the third quickest despite encountering technical difficulties.

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The practice session reached a dramatic peak when Norris had a near-miss with Hadjar. The Red Bull Academy driver, filling in for Sergio Perez, was moving slowly on the track, and Norris had to make a split-second decision to avoid a high-speed collision. Norris braked heavily, causing a plume of brake smoke to emanate from his MCL38 and forcing him to take a brief detour onto the grass. 

Red Bull driver apologies to Lando Norris!

Isack Hadjar, unaware of Norris’s approach, raised his hand in apology, acknowledging his oversight. The stewards decided to investigate the incident further, but Norris’s quick thinking and exceptional reaction time averted what could have been a disastrous crash.

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This incident highlighted Norris’s extraordinary driving skills and calmness under pressure. While the session had its share of mechanical issues and close calls, Norris's display of both speed and situational awareness set the tone for an exciting British Grand Prix weekend.

Meanwhile, his teammate Oscar Piastri’s session was cut short by a suspected hydraulics issue. He managed to limp back towards the pit entry but ultimately had to stop, requiring assistance from marshals to return his car to the garage. Despite this setback, Piastri's time of 1:27.729s was impressive, particularly as he was only a tenth slower than Verstappen, who did not complete a run on soft tyres.

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