Carlos Sainz Tips Lando Norris to Win F1 Title & Take ‘McLaren Back to the Top’

Published 05/30/2021, 6:42 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris on the podium during the national anthems after finishing third REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


Lando Norris has made an incredible start to the season in his third year with McLaren. The Briton has already managed to bag two podiums and sits ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in the Drivers’ championship standings. His development since he made his F1 debut has been incredible. So, it’s no surprise really that a lot of people see Norris as a potential future world champion. His former teammate Carlos Sainz is one among those people.

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The Scuderia Ferrari driver, who shares quite the bromance with Lando, believes Norris to be among the best drivers on the grid. Sainz reckons Lando is the man who can bring glory back to the Woking based-outfit.

Praising his ex-teammate, Carlos said (translated via Google),“There is a whole club of drivers who are all at the same level. And I would include Lando in that.

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Formula One F1. Monaco Grand Prix. Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium with second placed Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and third placed McLaren’s Lando Norris Pool via REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“I think Lando has the potential to win races and bring McLaren back to the top.”

The signs are certainly there for all to see. However, Sainz is right in saying that the competition for the title amongst the next generation of F1 drivers is going to be really intense. Apart from Norris, there are the likes of Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc and George Russell, to name a few. The young Briton would have to do quite well to beat these three to the crown.

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Can Lando Norris keep his hot-streak alive in Baku?

The 21-year-old has got the world talking about his performance after the first five races. However, with 18 more to go, the Briton would like to keep his foot on the accelerator.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates finishing in third place Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

The next race takes place in Baku, the place where Norris scored his second top ten finish in his debut season. This time around, he’d want to achieve a lot more than P8.

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He’s got the confidence on his side, and also has the car to match it. Sainz rightly described the McLaren MCL35-M as a “Rocket on the straight.” 

Can the McLaren man score a second straight podium for the first time in his career? We’ll have to wait until the end of the weekend to find out.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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