Lando Norris Backing Carlos Sainz for Maiden F1 Win With Ferrari at Monaco

Published 05/21/2021, 11:00 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


On Thursday, many were in disbelief when Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz Jr finished second the timing sheets. However, it is worth mentioning that his former teammate, Lando Norris, was not overly surprised at the result. According to the young Briton, the Monte-Carlo circuit will be a venue that highlight’s a driver’s ability behind the wheel.

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After a nightmarish 2020 season, not many expected miracles from Scuderia Ferrari. However, there probably would have been plenty of dropped jaws when Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were first and second in FP2. On an interesting note, the British youngster even went as far as to back his former McLaren teammate to take a Ferrari victory at Monaco.

“I text Carlos [Sainz] before the weekend saying I think he has a good chance of winning. We will see,” Norris said. “From our side, I think it was expected, maybe not from the outside or for the viewers.

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“We know where they are quick and not, this track suits them very well so not a surprise and if we look ahead to other tracks I am sure we can get back some places. They are looking strong so not ideal for us but we will do our best.” (h:t- Sky F1)

Lando Norris spoke about his chances at Monaco

Admittedly, Norris endured a tough session for McLaren with P6 in practice. However, the 21-year-old was able to get a good rhythm around the tight Monaco circuit. He acknowledged that Monaco is not easy to get to tame. Despite that, he felt comfortable in the car.

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

He continued, “The first lap I did, I felt pretty comfortable in the car, good with the braking which is very important around here. I feel good.

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“We are not miles away, we are a realistic gap away from the guys ahead of us but the car is good and we have some things to improve on so I am pretty hopeful.”

For now, the young British driver is looking forward to the final practice session and qualifying. He and every other driver know that qualifying is the most important aspect at Monte Carlo. This is because it is hugely difficult to pass on the track, and drivers have to pick their spots carefully.

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