“Kick Up the Ar*e” – Lando Norris Reveals Who is Responsible for His McLaren F1 Success

Published 08/15/2021, 9:45 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 been arguably the driver of the season so far. The young Brit has secured three podiums and has consistently been on pace with the Red Bulls and Mercedes. The transformation of Lando from a joker on the grid to the potential next world champion has surprised everyone in the paddock.

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Norris believes that his improvement in the 2021 season is down to the support he received from McLaren’s bosses. The McLaren driver credits his success to McLaren CEO Zak Brown and team principal Andreas Seidl.

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They’re still my bosses and I don’t want to make mistakes: Lando Norris

As reported by Autosport, Norris revealed he has struck a balance in his relationship with Brown and Seidl. He can rely on them for support and for a kick up the backside when needed.

I think it’s been hugely important. Having them support you in tough times and criticize you when you need to be criticized,” said Norris.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021, McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Mark Sutton

“They’re still my bosses and I don’t want to make mistakes; I don’t want to make them look bad. And I’ve still got a job where I have to perform and go out and do a very good job.

“It’s also in those tougher times or the times you struggle, or the times you need that kick up the ar*e to do a better job in whatever area, that they give you that. And I think it’s a very good combination of these types of things that they’re able to help on,” concluded the Briton.

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Norris has always been very self-critical and does not really praise himself. But the Mclaren driver believes every driver reacts to criticism and support differently.

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“Obviously, all drivers are different and some people don’t feel like they want to support, they feel like they can do it alone. And then you get some drivers who need lots of support, and they need all the confidence from every person around them possible.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021, McLaren’s Lando Norris before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“I would say I’m kind of in the middle. I love doing a lot of things alone. And being a very kind of negative guy, I’m trying to work on myself a lot. I feel like I can do a lot by complimenting myself and being negative about myself, and I can learn a lot from just doing that.” explained Norris.

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Norris is currently P3 in the standing with 113 points. He is leading the charge for McLaren in their battle with Ferrari for P3 in the constructors’ championship.

Can Norris continue his good form in 2021? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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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.

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