Austrian Grand Prix 2021: Who Won Driver of the Day?

Published 07/04/2021, 10:37 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads at the start of the race ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


Even though Max Verstappen emerged victorious at the end of the Austrian Grand Prix, there was another driver who caught the attention of the fans. Lando Norris, who secured his best-ever start in an F1 race and finished on the podium, also won the Driver of the Day.

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Lando Norris wins the vote for Driver of the Day

The 21-year-old has been in fine form this season so far; picking two podiums and his third one at the Red Bull Ring. The Brit did hold his ground as he was attacked by Sergio Perez and later by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to claim the podium.

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Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

However, what the icing on the cake was his overtake on the seven-time world champion just a few laps later. The way he drove the race from start to finish was brilliant and was recognized by the fans, who gave him 42% of the votes for Driver of the Day.

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The Brit showed everyone what he is capable of

Norris hit the ground running at the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend, as he secured a front-row start by coming second, only being beaten by Red Bull’s Verstappen for a shot at a pole position.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 25, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

However, the McLaren driver was well aware of the mammoth task that lied ahead of him. Regardless, the McLaren driver held his ground, put on a good fight, and secured his third podium of the season.

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His third-place finish at the Red Bull Ring saw him bag fifteen points for the Woking-based outfit, ensuring they stay third in the constructor’s championship. Furthermore, Norris also holds fourth place in the drivers’ championship with 101 points. The 21-year-old just needs to bridge the 3-point gap that currently exists between him and Perez to claim the third position in the standings.

With the current form he is, it seems likely that the McLaren driver will hunt down Red Bull’s Perez and gain a position in the championship. What do you think of Lando’s season so far? Can he continue the string of performances he is on and grab more podiums for the papaya team? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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