Lando Norris Makes an Honest Admission About Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen

Published 12/31/2021, 3:14 AM EST
Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 2, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference Hassan Ammar/Pool via REUTERS


Lando Norris was one of the most impressive drivers in the 2021 season. He secured four podiums, with his best being P2 in Monza; he also got a pole position in Russia, the first of his career. For much of the first part of the season, Norris was consistently fighting against the likes of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the front of the grid.

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Many times, Verstappen and Hamilton are accused of being as good as their cars. But Norris disagrees and believes that the drivers are better than their cars. He also stated that when they chase you or are behind you, it adds more pressure.

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Lando Norris states why it is hard to defend against Hamilton and Verstappen

As reported by Motorsport-Turkey, the McLaren driver stated why Hamilton and Verstappen are better drivers.

“They’re not just in better cars, it’s usually the guys who are in better cars that are more experienced or better drivers. So the pressure is a little more. Because they’re thinking of everything and every possible strategy to get past you. You know they’ve thought of everything possible to attack, race, and pass you,” said the McLaren driver.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after qualifying in pole position alongside McLaren’s Lando Norris, who qualified in third position Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

Lando mentioned that battling with Max and Lewis has given him more confidence in wheel-to-wheel battles. “It gives you confidence that if you were in the front row more often, in a better car or in the same car, there would be no reason for them to beat you.”

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“Every time I raced against Lewis, Bottas, Perez, or Max, it just added more confidence,” concluded Lando.

The young Brit had battled against the top guys a lot in the early part of the season. All the things he learned while battling them, he put them to good use while defending against them in Monza and Russia. Hopefully, he can fight against them in a faster McLaren car in 2022.

Where do you think Norris will finish in the drivers’ standings next season?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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