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Lando Norris Ambitious Words Turn Ironic as Aggressive Approach Backfires to Cause a Horrible Race for McLaren: “Spain Without the S”

Published 06/04/2023, 11:17 AM EDT

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What started out as a promising Sunday for Lando Norris did surely end in tears. After being on the money for almost the whole weekend, Norris’ surprise, but welcome podium bid got dismantled on the very first lap. What’s more? The Brit was left high and dry with damage on his car which meant he finished well outside the points, too. But the demise of the McLaren racing ace’s afternoon started with his coming together with an ex-McLaren legend.

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Lewis Hamilton got off to a solid start when the lights went out. However, in turn one, Hamilton came face-to-face with Norris. What ensued was a tight jostling for position that ended with Norris’ front wing making contact with Hamilton’s rear end of the car. While Hamilton soldiered on to finish a fantastic second. Norris was left ruing what could have been as he limped home in 17th.


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Norris is arguably one of the most revered drivers on the Formula 1 grid currently. Naturally, most of the fans were rooting for a solid podium for the Brit to add to his collection. That being said, to the dismay of the fans and Norris himself, he never really had a chance to post his lap 1 scuffle with the 7x champion.

Fans react as Lando Norris crashes out of a podium in Spain

After the recent upgrades, the pace of the McLaren seems to be good. Ailing, but good. But when you sustain such fundamental damage to the car, it is compromised from the very get-go. And this was the fate Norris was destined to suffer.

Norris had even cheekily warned Max Verstappen to look into his mirrors to see him zoom past him and demanded that he didn’t hold him back. Alas, it all went south for the Brit. As soon as this happened, fans rushed to the social networking site, Twitter, to share their reactions. One fan even commented, “I’m in Spain without the s.”


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Let’s take a look at just a few of the fan reactions to this disappointing Spanish outing from McLaren’s talisman.

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Norris is one of the most promising young talents this sport has ever seen. Hence, it is all the more misery for the fans when a driver of his caliber is not reaping the fruits of his talent. Naturally, fans rushed to Twitter to mourn the Spanish GP and how it ended for the Brit.


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Can Lando Norris ditch this string of bad luck for the remainder of the season?

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Written by:

Anirban Aly Mandal


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Anirban Aly Mandal is a senior F1 writer at EssentiallySports, with over 500 articles published on the platform. Anirban's love for F1 started when he discovered a copy of F1 2014 while playing on his computer, and he has since then dived deep into the world of motorsports. Anirban's expertise goes beyond just writing - he has also written several academic papers focused on the domain of motorsports.
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Varunkumaar Chelladurai