How Former ‘Pipo the Clown’ Lando Norris Surprises Ziggo Sports F1 Journalist

Published 08/13/2021, 8:47 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


Lando Norris has surprised everyone in Formula One with his performances this year. Having been one of the best drivers on the grid this season, he is currently sitting in P3 in the drivers’ championship behind Lewis and Max.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The young Brit, who is known for his fun nature, has impressed everyone with his consistency and pace. His new serious approach has also caught the attention of the F1 pit reporter of Ziggo Sport, Jack Plooij.

WATCH STORY: Shortest F1 Drivers Ever Featuring Yuki Tsunoda & Lando Norris

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

No one would’ve thought Lando Norris would be in P3: Plooij

As reported by Motorsport, Plooij reveed that the transformation of the McLaren driver has surprised him.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, and McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrate first and third place on the podium with Honda F1’s Technical Director Toyoharu Tanabe REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

“Who would have thought that Lando Norris [halfway through the season] is third in the championship?

“And that he has suddenly become a serious boy from a Pipo the Clown. […] You just see that such a boy suddenly makes a change. I like to see that.” said Jack Plooij. (Translated by Google)

DIVE DEEPER

McLaren: That’s One of the Reasons Why Lando Norris Is So Popular

9 months ago

Seidl discussss Norris can retain his P3

McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl believes that the Briton has outperformed the car this season. However, he is afraid that Mercedes and Red Bull having superior cars, would make it difficult for Lando to hold on to his third place in the championship.

“Whether it is a realistic target [for Norris to keep P3] is difficult to say because the Red Bull car and the Mercedes car is clearly a better car and Valtteri and Checo have shown some great races this year and also from the past, what they can do,” said Seidl.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021, McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during qualifying REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

“So obviously down to the strong performance by Lando together with the team and the competitive car we have this year, we’ve managed after 10 races to be in P3 so it’s not unrealistic to stay there. Let’s see what we can do in the second half of the season,” said Seidl.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

In the second half of the season, Norris would hope to dish out one marvellous ride after the other and maintain his position in the drivers’ standings.

Can Lando hold on to third? Let us know.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

 

 

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Devang Chauhan

374 articles

Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT