Lando Norris’ Number 1 McLaren Mechanic Calls Time on His F1 Career

Published 10/10/2021, 3:39 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during qualifying REUTERS/Umit Bektas


Mclaren will lose an integral member of their team next year. The main mechanic in Lando Norris’ car, Marc Cox, took to social media to announce that he will be leaving F1 at the end of the season.

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Cox has been in the sport for 14 years and has been a mechanic to drivers such as Jenson Button and Lando Norris. He stated it has been his dream as a kid and he has achieved what he wanted from the sport.

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“So after 14 years of F1, I’ve decided this season will be my last. Huge decision for me to make, but the time is right. I achieved what I always wanted to as a kid, so I’m happy! I can’t wait for my next challenge but for now, we have a season to finish and points to nab.” said Cox.

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A tough day with tricky conditions: Lando Norris

As reported by McLaren.com, the Woking-based team did not have the easiest of the qualifying sessions in Turkey. Norris qualified in P8 but will start the race in P7 because of Lewis’s penalty and Ricciardo qualified P16 but will start P15 because of Sainz’s penalty.

Norris mentioned that they just lacked pace as compared to their competitors.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021, McLaren’s Lando Norris during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sedat Suna

“A tough day with tricky conditions. We were just lacking pace today, so it was very tough to achieve a lot more than what we did. There was a slim possibility we could’ve got P7, but even [Sergio] Pérez was quite a bit quicker than us.

Not the result we wanted, but I think it was the best result we could really achieve, so we’ll try again tomorrow and see if we can do better.” said Norris.

Since he will start ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the race, Norris would look to get a good start. But the young Brit is not so confident that he could hold up a fast Mercedes.

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“Because he’ll [Hamilton] be past me in a couple of laps. I’m not going to say I’m going to beat him because I’m not. I’m just not a dreamer.” said Lando.

McLaren will look to take as many points as possible from the race. They would also hope that Ricciardo could make his way back to the points on Sunday.

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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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