Drive to Survive Season 3: Lando Norris’ Nail-Biting Maiden F1 Podium as Captured by Netflix

Published 03/19/2021, 12:55 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy -McLaren’s Lando Norris during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


On the very last lap of the Austrian Grand Prix last season, Lando Norris conjured up the fastest lap of the race. A lap that ensured his first career podium as he became the third-youngest Formula 1 podium finisher ever.

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The race stewards handed down a 5-second penalty to Lewis Hamilton for his contact with Alex Albon. Norris crossed the finish line at the P4 position behind the Mercedes driver. He needed to be under 5 seconds to stand on the podium, and he came in 4.8 seconds behind Hamilton.

McLaren shared a video on Twitter about Drive to Survive season 3, where they took us back into the garage after Lando crossed the finish line. It featured incredible and unseen scenes as the young Briton and everyone in the team was overwhelmed with joy at the 20-year-old claiming his first podium.

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With just two laps to go, Norris’ racing engineer asked him to switch to Scenario 7. Hamilton was 6.5 seconds ahead of him. However, Lando drove the lap of his life to steal the podium from the world champion. We can’t wait to see more as the Drive to Survive season 3 launches today.

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Lando Norris believed he fudged up his podium race a bit

The McLaren driver had dropped to the fifth position with just a few laps to go. He made a move on Sergio Perez and the Mexican darted into Norris on the inside line. In an interview, the Briton explained how he believed he messed up his chances of a podium.

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“I’m speechless, I think there was a few points in the race where I thought I fudged it up quite bit. I dropped to fifth with a few laps to go, Carlos [Sainz] was almost getting past me. I managed to get past [Sergio] Perez, and I ended up on the podium.”

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 walks in the Paddock during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“It was a long race but I kept going, I was trying to give it my all, [it was] a pretty cool last few laps having to push as much as I can – you can tell I’m a little bit out of breath,” said the McLaren driver.

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Lando Norris stealing a podium from Lewis Hamilton was one of the best possible season openers one could ask for. Hopefully, in Bahrain this season, we will see a few more magical ‘Scenario 7’ runs by Lando Norris as he pursues more podiums this season. Do you think the young Briton will claim podiums this season as well?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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