“It’s maybe something you don’t experience so much in the midfield because you’re not going for a World Championship, or some of the drivers don’t have that mentality of risking everything.”
When asked whether he would take a similar approach to Verstappen if he was competing for a championship, Norris said: “It’s difficult. You would try and play smart as much as you can. There are things you would definitely try and outsmart your team-mate on.
“But I’m also a fair racer and, I don’t know, maybe don’t push the limits quite as much in certain areas.”
Verstappen starts the Bahrain Grand Prix second on the grid behind Charles Leclerc with Ferrari looking extremely quick. Carlos Sainz just missed out on securing a front row lockout for Ferrari, but it was a disappointing day for McLaren with Norris only able to qualify 13th.