Lando Norris Claims 2021 P3 Battle With Ferrari Sets the Stage for 2022 F1 Title Battle

Published 12/29/2021, 11:35 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Besides the enticing battle at the front of the grid, the battle for third in the constructors’ standings was just as exciting. With the historic battle between the Big Two of the sport reignited, McLaren and Ferrari had a very interesting season. McLaren star Lando Norris believes this is just the beginning.

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Norris promises that the two teams have more in store, especially with the tabula rasa of 2022. Both teams were strong, and both had their moments of weakness; in the end, Ferrari finished ahead of their rivals.

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Norris feels the tug of war of this season will prove helpful in the coming season. “Just being with that mentality, them keeping us on our toes, keeping us pushing, trying to find these smallest bits of lap time.”

According to the Brit, who was a part of a historic 1-2 finish for his team, the dramatic battle kept the two teams from being complacent. “I think it has been good for us. The same for them – not an easy year for them, so I think it has benefitted both of us.”

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Despite falling behind their rivals in red, Norris hopes to paint 2022 Papaya orange. “I think we are in a better position for next year when we are going to race them more often and hopefully the guys at the front more often too.”

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The driver also revealed that, notwithstanding the P4, McLaren has become a better team in the garage. “We are closer to the front, and the gap to the rest is also much bigger, apart from Ferrari. It has still been a very good season, and not just in terms of results and points, but also how we worked together as a team and how we maximized things.”

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the race REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Thus, the man who kept the team up for a considerable part of the season is confidently walking into 2022. Additionally, his teammate, Daniel Ricciardo relived the taste of the victor’s champagne; the Honey Badger would be thirsty for more. Norris too knows the exhilaration of leading a race, and although the victory was snatched away cruelly from him in Sochi, 2022 might just be kind.

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2022 may be the renaissance of the historic battle of Formula 1’s Big Two.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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