Lando Norris ‘Too Polite’ in Wheel to Wheel Battles Suggests Former F1 Driver

Published 12/17/2020, 4:41 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates- McLaren’s Lando Norris arrives at the Yas Marina Circuit Hamad I Mohammed/Pool via REUTERS


Lando Norris drove an impressive season in 2020. His efforts in the team, with the team, have definitely been paying off. Although he took his time to understand the car, he is employing his education well. It is the combined efforts of both the McLaren racers that got them the P3 in Constructors’.

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Lando completed the season with a powerful drive at Abu Dhabi. From the qualifying session to the Sunday race, he was a rockstar. After he grabbed a P4 on the starting grid, it elated him. A P5 at the race was the icing on the cake, and McLaren beating Racing Point and Renault was the cherry on top.

Sky Sports recently released a list of Top 10 drivers, shortlisted by Karun Chandhok. The Indian holds valuable dialogue about the grid and the racers. Well, both the drivers for McLaren featured on that list. However, amidst all the praise for Norris, there was a minor issue that Chandhok highlighted.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2020 McLaren’s Lando Norris during practice Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

There were still a few occasions in wheel-to-wheel battle where Lando looked a bit too polite and could have got his elbows out a bit more and especially on the opening lap, he has also not been as punchy as some others,pointed out the former Indian racer.

Meanwhile, Chandhok applauded Norris’ Abu Dhabi performance and his entire season on the whole. However, he serves food for thought. Lando has suffered in the middle segment of the competition. He failed to pass up the cars ahead of him. His qualifying was also not that strong. Yet, he has come a long way and has improved.

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Lando Norris will have to be consistent

Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo start as teammates for 2021. With both their drivers moving into the winter with fantastic form, McLaren can eye a better prize next season.

Zak Brown and company are getting equipped with the Mercedes engine next season. The alliance between the two teams will inject a new zeal into the sport. However, Lando Norris needs to be careful. Consistency is of prime importance in F1, and he can’t afford to lose his mojo in the middle of the season.

Well, moving ahead from that gloomy supposition, Norris presently is yet to recover from his fantastic display at Yas Marina. He was ecstatic that he had pulled it off completely on his own. Seeing this, Carlos will have to look out for his former teammate on the track next season.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – McLaren’s Lando Norris and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

A solid second season for the popular young Brit. He’s got plenty of speed and this year I thought he made a good step forward in terms of his race pace and tyre management.

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On the whole, he has repaid McLaren’s faith in hiring him last year and should work well with Daniel Ricciardo as they begin their new era with Mercedes power,” concluded Chandhok.

We wish a successful season to McLaren as they welcome Daniel to their camp. The team drips of young promise and we are sure they will stand true to that.

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Indrasish Ganguly

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Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed.

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