Lando Norris & Daniel Ricciardo Should Focus on F1, Warns McLaren Boss Amid Indy 500 Interest

Published 06/03/2021, 5:55 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 29, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys


It fairly common for drivers to be interested in racing leagues outside F1. In fact, many of them have any tried their out their luck, including Fernando Alonso, who raced in the Dakar Rally and IndyCar during his break from F1. Similarly, McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo have both hinted at taking part in Indy500 at some point in their racing career.

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However. team principal Andreas Seidl believes that should focus on their objectives in F1 rather than get distracted by another championship.

The papaya team currently sit in third place in the constructor’s championship with 80 points to their name. With Lando Norris showing peak performance and Daniel Ricciardo still learning the ropes, the team have set their eyes on achieving greatness on the F1 grid.

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McLaren should focus their eyes on the F1 track and not on Indy500, says Seidl

Upon being asked if Norris’ contract included offers to race with McLaren in other series, Siedl, as quoted by GPFans, said, “That’s obviously a question you will have to check with Zak. He’s in charge of all the other projects. My focus is on Formula 1.”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

“I also think it’s important for both Daniel [Ricciardo] and Lando to have full focus at the moment on Formula 1. This task is big enough. Once we have achieved our goals as a team then I think it’s the right time to also discuss other projects within McLaren Racing,” Seidl concluded.

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How’s the team feeling heading into Baku?

The Woking-based outfit are feeling pretty confident about the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in the upcoming weekend. In the last race at Monaco Grand Prix, the team achieved their second podium of the season, courtesy of Lando Norris, who came in third.

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Hence, the papaya team is optimistic about heading into the race weekend. They hope to deliver a similar result as they race in the streets of Baku, and earn much-needed points for the championship table.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Do you think Norris can achieve another podium year? Or will Ricciardo set up his game for the sixth round of the champion and get a much-needed to win to boost his confidence in his first year with the Woking-based team?

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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