Eddie Jordan Sees Lando Norris as the British Heir to Lewis Hamilton’s F1 Throne

Published 08/24/2021, 4:54 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra


One driver who has been in fine form this season is, without a doubt, Lando Norris. The British driver has been a driving force at McLaren in the first half of the season, picking up three podiums so far. Hence, former Team Principal Eddie Jordan thinks that Norris will be a future world champion.

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As of now, Britain’s Lewis Hamilton is ruling the grid, but Jordan thinks that in a matter of years, it will be Norris who will be bagging world titles for his country.

Eddie Jordan thinks that Lando Norris has the potential to be a world champion

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The McLaren driver is just 21-years-old and has shown a lot of potential. This season, Norris has stepped up his game, and therefore finds himself in third place in the driver’s standings with 113 points. So it is no surprise that the Team Principal of the iconic Jordan F1 team sees potential in the British driver.

Speaking on an episode of the podcast, F1 Nation with TC, Pinks & Damon, Eddie said, “I do like Norris. He is very special, having said that, Pierre Gasly surprises me every time I see him in the car.

Because, he has the ability to do great things, as we saw when he won that race. But I don’t know how good that car is, but Franz Tost, who runs the team, you know Damon; he used be with Ralf. And he is a wildly old character, so I would assume he was a good car. It is difficult to say outside those first two.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates after finishing in third place REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Speaking about who can match Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton on the grid, he added, “There is a very few, that can actually come up to Max and Lewis’s standards, and I think Norris is the one who stands out. I think we are looking for another world champion in Britain. There was Jenson, there was you (Damon Hill) and previous people obviously, dozens before that. But, the next lot, you will have to be looking at Lando Norris.” 

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Can Norris have an even better first half of the season?

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The 21-year-old has certainly stepped up his game for the 2021 season. Norris has finished in the top-five in nine of the races so far, only having a disappointing race in France and in Hungary.

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

With Belgian Grand Prix at Spa approaching, Norris will hope to get a good start to the second half of the season. He will hope to seize some points and help his Woking-based outfit get ahead in the constructor’s championship.

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Do you see Norris giving a tough battle to this year’s title contenders? 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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