Lando Norris Issues an Emotional Message After Russian GP Heartbreak

Published 09/27/2021, 4:38 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


After producing a sensational lap on Saturday to secure his maiden pole position, Lando Norris failed to convert his pole to victory in the closing stages of the race. As a result, the McLaren driver becomes the fifth consecutive pole-sitter to unable to win the Russian GP since 2017.

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Lando Norris crossed the checkered flag in P7  after trying to stay out on hard compound tires while Hamilton and the rest of the grid pitted for intermediates. The young Brit did his best to keep the lead, but when the rain worsened in the last laps, he eventually slipped off the track and Lewis Hamilton passed him for P1 with just three laps to go.

The Russian GP result devastated Lando Norris, and the McLaren driver opened up about the same through his Instagram account.

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“It hurts so badly. Pain for me and pain for the team. We lost this together. I feel so bad, will do for a while, probably. It’s just how much it means,” wrote Lando Norris.

“But I, and we will come back stronger and better. I know it,” concluded Norris.

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Andreas Seidl sees Lando Norris debacle as a team failure

Lando Norris, who lead the race for almost the entire race, failed to make it two consecutive race victories for the Woking-based team. Norris and McLaren failed to get the Russian GP victory over the line after some poor decisions and eventually finished the race P7, which started in dry conditions and ended in the rain.

Meanwhile, McLaren boss, Andreas Seidl, insists the entire team should take responsibility for Lando Norris’ Russian GP heartbreak.

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“Of course we are disappointed, he’s very disappointed at the moment, but that’s part of the sport we are in,” said Andreas Seidl after the race.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

“In hindsight, it’s always easy to judge what we could have done different, what he could have done different. In the end, we didn’t get it together as a team. It was the wrong decision to stay out, but again it’s part of the sport,” concluded the McLaren boss.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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