“If I Made One More Mistake…” – Norris Explains Why His Engineer Was ‘Extremely Nervous’

Published 05/26/2021, 4:18 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


The intensity in Lando Norris’ cockpit heightened as he was being chased by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez at the Monaco Grand Prix. Hence, the McLaren driver ordered his team to maintain radio silence to focus on the race. Norris later revealed that during the race, his engineer, William Joseph, was nervous that the Briton was going to get a five-second penalty if he went over the track limits.

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However, Norris wanted to stay fully focused on keeping his place and not letting Perez overtake him. In the end, it was the 21-year-old who came out on top and brought home a P3 finish for his team.

Lando Norris explains his orders of radio silence

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Speaking after the race, the McLaren driver said, “There’s a new rule for this weekend [that] if you missed the chicane you get a warning. I think by about Lap 7 I had used both my opportunities to go off the track which made my engineer Will extremely nervous.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix || REUTERS

“So not an ideal start to the race, especially because I knew there were many more laps to go and the final stint, when you can be pushing more. If I made one more mistake and went off I would have a five-second penalty and Perez would be ahead of me,” Norris concluded.

How did Lando compare against Ricciardo at Monaco?

The 21-year-old was impressive throughout the whole weekend at Monte Carlo. Whereas his Australian teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, struggled to find his pace throughout. In qualifying, Daniel only managed to put in the 12th fastest lap in Q2, but Lando got into Q3 and put in the fourth fastest lap.

On race day, Ricciardo was still struggling around the circuit, a place where he won back in 2018. Lando, on the other hand, was having an amazing race was set to bag another podium for McLaren, which he did.

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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

So far this season, it’s Norris who is bringing in crucial points for the Woking-based team while Ricciardo is still struggling to find his feet in the orange car.

There is still a long way to go, but do you think the Australian will manage to catch up to, or even defeat, Norris? Let us know 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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