Lando Norris Believes He Can Give Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen a “Run for Their Money”

Published 05/15/2021, 2:28 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates after finishing first on the podium with second placed, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and third placed, McLaren’s Lando Norris Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


When Daniel Ricciardo made the move to McLaren, everyone expected him to be the bona fide star of the team. But so far, his teammate, Lando Norris, has stolen the show.

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His form has been so good that he seemingly has the confidence to go up against the bigwigs of the sport. He sits at 4th in the 2021 standings after being an epitome of consistency mixed with intelligent race craft and raw speed in the opening rounds.

Since success in F1 is dependent on the car, Lando feels that he can compete for the biggest prize if given the right one.

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“I just feel like with how I have done this season, I am driving at a level that is capable of winning races and maybe one day a world championship,” Norris proclaimed.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Lando Norris after finishing in first and third respectively Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

But to win the championship, he will have to beat the two biggest names in F1 right now, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.

However, he isn’t overwhelmed at  the prospect of facing them. In fact, he believes that he can cause those two to have sleepless nights.

“I’m at a level where I would say I could go up against Lewis or Max and – I’ve got to be careful how I say it, not say I could 100 percent beat them – but I could give them a run for their money and I could give it a good effort.”

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In dry conditions in Bahrain, he crossed the chequered flag in 4th. On the other hand, when it rained in Imola, he recorded an unlikely podium.

Even making his more experienced McLaren teammate swallow his pride. So, it’s only appropriate he feels that he’s the man for all seasons.

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“With how I feel I have done so far this season, I feel if I was in a car capable of winning races, I feel like I could. Whether it’s in the wet conditions, the dry conditions, I feel I am driving at the moment in a very good manner.

“I feel I am on top of my game, doing a lot of things right and doing myself proud in a lot of ways,” said Norris.

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And why shouldn’t he feel proud of himself? After all, he’s outclassed his more-heralded 7-time race-winning teammate.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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