Nervous Norris wary of getting involved in championship fight

McLaren's Lando Norris found himself facing a dilemma after seizing a "nervous" third place behind Formula One title-rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Mclaren driver Lando Norris of Britain in action.   -  AP

McLaren's Lando Norris found himself facing a dilemma after seizing a "nervous" third place behind Formula One title-rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The 22-year-old will line up on the second row, right behind the feuding pair who, tied on points, are heading into their very own winner-takes-all showdown.

A good start could put Britain's Norris right in the mix and upset the calculations of what Verstappen and Hamilton will be hoping is a straight, two-way fight.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying: Verstappen on pole, Hamilton alongside ahead of title showdown  

"I’m a bit nervous," Norris said after the session.

"I kind of want to just stay where I am and just watch everything unfold over the first few laps or even the whole race.

"But I obviously don’t want to really get involved too much because it can cause a lot of controversy."

Verstappen leads Hamilton 9-8 in race wins this season, which puts him ahead of the Briton on the countback.

Verstappen deserves pole for Abu Dhabi title showdown- Hamilton  

The pair have collided three times this season, raising concerns the title battle could be decided by a crash, with Verstappen becoming champion if both fail to score.

Norris, who was on course to score a maiden Formula One win in Russia until a mistaken tyre gamble in changing weather dropped him to seventh, could be in a position to capitalise if there are any fireworks between the championship-fighting pair.

"I don’t know whether to go for the move, not go for the move, you tell me," he asked former-racer-turned-TV-pundit, David Coulthard, in the post-qualifying interviews.

"But I’ll do my best, and if I have a chance I’ll go for it."

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