Charles Leclerc, George Russell, and Lando Norris Form Elite F1 Trio With This Shocking Stat

Published 05/03/2022, 8:36 AM EDT
20 March 2022, Bahrain, Sakhir: Motorsport: Formula 1 World Championship, Bahrain Grand Prix, race. Spain’s Fernando Alonso (top left to bottom right) of Alpine F1 Team, France’s Esteban Ocon of Alpine F1 Team, China’s Guanyu Zhou of Team Alfa Romeo, Finland’s Valtteri Bottas of Team Alfa Romeo, Britain’s Alexander Albon of Team Williams Racing, Canada’s Nicholas Latifi of Team Williams Racing, Germany’s Mick Schumacher of Haas F1 Team, Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen of Haas F1 Team, France’s Pierre Gasly of Team AlphaTauri, Japan’s Yuki Tsunoda of Team AlphaTauri, Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo of Team McLaren, Britain’s Lando Norris of Team McLaren, Britain’s George Russel of Team Mercedes, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton of Team Mercedes, Dutch driver Max Verstappen of Team Red Bull Racing, Mexico’s Sergio Perez of Team Red Bull Racing, Monaco’s Charles Leclerc of Team Ferrari, Spain’s Carlos Sainz Jr. from Team Ferrari, the Canadian Lance Stroll from Team Aston Martin and the German Nico Hülkenberg from Team Aston Martin. Photo: Hasan Bratic/dpa (Photo by Hasan Bratic/picture alliance via Getty Images)

F1 drivers Charles Leclerc, George Russell, and Lando Norris are the only drivers to maintain a 100% finishing record in the current season. This is an astonishing fact, as it gives you an idea of the number of incidents in the opening races. These are the only three out of a grid of twenty drivers who have stayed out on the track for all four races so far.

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Now, the question remains if the three can maintain this record at the Miami Grand Prix? Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell has completed all laps but one. Lewis is on the list with 227 laps. Meanwhile, the trio of Leclerc, Norris, and Russell are at 228 each. And apart from the Silver Arrows, no other team features on the list twice.

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Talking about maintaining the record, Charles Leclerc spun out during the race at Imola. An incident that could’ve been worse for the Monegasque and his team. But the spin cost Charles and Ferrari vital points as he finished the race at P6, his worst finish in the opening four races.

Now, Mclaren’s Lando Norris is the third person on the list who has completed all races. The Brit has been impressive in the last two races, with a podium at Imola. Certainly, a déjà vu finish to last year’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

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The opening four races have been eventful and full of incidents and retirements. Furthermore, even with Red Bull’s reliability issues, Sergio Perez made the top 10 with 227 laps. However, his teammate and current world champion Max Verstappen has only finished two out of the four races.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 24, 2022 General view of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during the race while the safety car is out REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

But all the teams apart from Mercedes have shown signs of improvement at Imola. And we will hopefully see some more reliable and competitive races in the coming weeks.

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F1 comes to Miami for the first time

The inaugural Miami Grand Prix is an exciting prospect for fans and drivers alike. With zero experience and knowledge ahead of FP1, it will be a clean slate for all drivers.

Miami being a street race, there will be a high probability of crashes and incidents throughout the weekend.

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It will be an uphill task for the trio of Leclerc, Russell, and Norris to maintain their record.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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