Lando Norris Is as Fast as Max Verstappen or Lewis Hamilton: McLaren F1 Boss

Published 06/24/2021, 5:46 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Lando Norris has certainly hit the ground running this season. The young Brit has managed to secure points finishes in every race so far and has even managed to get two podiums – one at the Emilia GP, and the other at the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix, finishing third in both.

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While he is yet to win his maiden race, McLaren CEO, Zak Brown feels that the 21-year-old is as good as anyone on the grid. The former hopes that Norris can continue this string of performances and take the Woking-based outfit to the next level this year.

Brown feels that Lando Norris has the pace to beat anyone on the grid

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As quoted by Motorsport.com, talking about how Daniel Ricciardo is fitting into the team, Brown said, “He’s got a teammate who I think is as fast as anyone on the grid. So he’s got a great bar to race against.”

He further praised the 21-year-old by stating, “Lando has matured really well, he came in as a rookie, and already drove really mature.

“If you look at some of the other rookies that came in, they had a lot of accidents. While they showed speed, they got over the limit one too many times. Lando really hasn’t. He’s shown great pace and maturity from the word go.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Mark Sutton

“Then what we asked him to do last year and this year is to actually be a little bit more on the limit, to almost encourage, it’s OK if you go off every once in a while. And what we’ve seen is he’s sped up, even more, gotten his elbows out, but he’s still keeping the car on the track, which is great,” Brown concluded.

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How is Norris doing so far this season?

The young Brit has played a crucial part in McLaren‘s campaign this season. Norris has managed to score a point from all the seven races, and has bagged two podiums in the process. He is now in fourth place in the drivers’ standings with 76 points under his belt.

Now, he prepares himself for two consecutive races in Austria, one of which got Norris his first-ever podium in Formula One last season – a third-placed finish at the 2020 Austrian GP. Hence, he is hoping to achieve a similar, if not a better, result this time around.

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Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during practice REUTERS/Yves Herman

He started off strongly this year and hopes to improve on that form as the season goes by.

Do you think the Briton can secure his third podium this season at the upcoming races? Let us know in the comments.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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