Lando Norris Hopes to Have ‘Little Battles’ With George Russell in 2021

Published 03/10/2021, 1:29 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – McLaren’s Lando Norris and Williams’ Nicholas Latifi in action during the race. Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


When Lewis Hamilton calls it a day and leaves F1, the motorsports community from Britain can rest easy; there are two up-and-coming drivers, George Russell and Lando Norris, who are ready to carry the mantle for their country.

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The two are seemingly good friends, having struggled through the junior categories together and being in the same age group. Lando finished at second place in the 2018 F2 championship while George took home the title.

So, what did Lando Norris make of his compatriot’s rollercoaster ride in Bahrain?

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BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

“He’s a strong guy and, I think, everyone, was gutted for him, the one race that he did with Mercedes. He was also lucky to get that opportunity and he’ll maximize everything he has with Williams,” said Norris.

Lando was speaking in an interview with Sky Sports reporter, Craig Slater. He is himself back in Bahrain for pre-season testing with McLaren.

So, with less than three weeks to go when the lights go out on the 2021 F1 season, is he expecting to rekindle his rivalry with George Russell?

“Hopefully, we can have some nice battles this year and hopefully, we are ahead. I am sure that there are going to be some little battles along the way, and I look forward to them.”

Norris on being compared to George Russell

Both are British, in their early 20s, and highly-rated drivers. So, the natural tendency for people is to compare and pit them against each other. While some can feel the pressure in the face of these comparisons, Lando is not bothered by them.

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“Being compared to George isn’t a bad thing in my opinion, and I know how good of a driver he is. Hopefully, we two have a future in Formula 1 together.”

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

We are certain that the two not only have a future in F1, but also race victories and championships, for two of the best teams in the sport look after them. It is hard not to envision them going wheel-to-wheel in the nearby future with Mercedes and McLaren, respectively.

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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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