Lando Norris: “I Don’t Try and Be Someone Fake and Someone I’m Not”

Published 01/18/2021, 7:10 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates- McLaren’s Lando Norris arrives at the Yas Marina Circuit Hamad I Mohammed/Pool via REUTERS


Lando Norris has had some troubled times with his social media uploads in the past. The McLaren driver apologized for a couple of things over social media last season.

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First, he apologized for his critical comments on Lance Stroll after their collision in the Portuguese Grand Prix. Later, he apologized to Lewis Hamilton for his comments on the Briton for breaking the record of most Grands Prix wins in a career.

Before going into the new season with McLaren, Lando looked back at his approach to social media and pointed out that people take a different perception. He also clarified that this coming season he wants to be more serious to ensure people don’t paint a negative picture.

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“On the whole, I would say there have been a lot less times and a lot less things, I guess mainly I post in social media, which are jokey. A lot of that is where it comes from, just what I decide to post post-race.”

“People would love that, but also just think, ‘oh he’s not doing any work, that’s why he’s not doing well enough, because he is just too jokey. That’s just how life is, I guess, and how social media works, that’s the picture people paint of you” explained Norris.

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Lando Norris will remain the same person

Lando has been working really hard on his driving. However, he still received some feedback about not working hard enough because of his approach towards social media. However, he clarified that his team knows about his hard work and that’s all that matters to him.

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – October 22, 2020 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

He explains that people sometimes take things out of context regarding what he says. He clarified that the only important thing for him is to deliver results on the grid. “I’m going back to the factory, I’m going home and thinking about that next race and how to do better,” he said.

“I’m still who I am within the paddock, I still say what I say, I still laugh, because I laugh at jokes because they’re funny. I don’t try and be someone fake and someone I’m not.”

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Lando Norris claimed his first podium last season and helped McLaren claim the P3 position in the championship standing. He has clarified that his aim for the season is to claim more podiums this season. Hopefully, Norris will continue his good run for McLaren and help himself to an even better result on the grid and on social media.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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