Lando Norris Reveals Measures He’s Undertaking With McLaren to Prevent Sochi F1 Disaster

Published 10/01/2021, 3:41 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Lando Norris came super close to winning his first race in Formula One at the Russian GP. The McLaren driver started the race from pole position and led almost every lap in the race. It did not faze him when he came under pressure from a charging Lewis Hamilton during the last laps.

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But when the conditions changed, he made a bold but risky decision to stay out on slicks. The decision proved costly as the rain intensified and he could not control his car and lost the race in the rain. After the race, he mentioned he would learn from his mistake in the future.

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I can do better next time if we find ourselves in the same situation: Lando Norris

As reported by Soymotor, the young Brit was distraught after the race but vowed to never repeat his mistake again. He stated he would do better next time if he found himself in the same situation.

“I have learned many things such as what I can do better next time if we find ourselves in the same situation and how I can make better decisions,” said Lando.

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

When asked how he has spent his time after his disappointment, Norris stated, “We spent two days in the simulator and one day reviewing everything regarding communication and how we talk to each other to do a better job next time.”

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The McLaren driver still stands by his decision

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Lando Norris mentions that he still stands by his decision to stay out on slicks. He stated that the decision was not so simple as it might have looked on the television.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021, McLaren’s Lando Norris is seen before the race REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“It’s complicated. When you see it on television, it seems simple, and it seems like the easiest decision in the world. Sometimes, you think you can make an easy decision, but in reality, it is not that simple. A lot of things have to happen to make the right decision.” said the McLaren driver.

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Norris is still fourth in the championship with 139 points, and he is just 12 points behind Bottas, who’s in third.

Will we see Norris win in 2021? Let us know.

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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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