McLaren F1 Boss Reveals the Value of Lando Norris’ Consistent Show This Season

Published 09/24/2021, 12:21 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates after finishing in third place REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


When Daniel Ricciardo crept his way into McLaren, it had looked like the Australian could well be leading the team from the front, considering his abundant experience racing at the top. However, going into the summer break, the reality suggested otherwise, as Lando Norris was the one steering McLaren forward.

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But, now, with Ricciardo breaking the shackles and looking more comfortable than ever, there have been fears that McLaren could start prioritizing the former Red Bull driver over Norris. Interestingly, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

The British outfit are still acknowledging Norris’ value to the team this season despite Ricciardo ending their dry run with a race victory in Italy. McLaren’s team principal, Andreas Seidl, revealed that he had thanked Norris for the Italian GP podium and is certain that the rising star could soon find his first Grand Prix win.

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What did the McLaren boss say?

As reported by Motorsport Magazine, Seidl pointed out that Norris was the one carrying the team on his shoulders when Ricciardo was amidst a rough patch.

All I could do in the last week with Lando was simply thank him for everything that he was doing for us this entire season so far. Because we shouldn’t forget, especially with the struggles Daniel had in this first half of the season, it was very important that we had a Lando that was pulling off these performances,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates with his team after finishing in third place Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

Because we all know how the sport works. If Lando would have struggled this way as well, in the same way as Daniel did at some weekends, the roof at the MTC would have been on fire quite quickly!

And we would have questioned everything we are doing. That’s part of the sport we’re in. So, with the performances Lando has shown, that’s why I can’t thank him enough.

How Lando Norris was crucial for McLaren’s race to the top

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Seidl opened up that Norris managed to take the pressure off the team by putting up consistent performances this year.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrate after finishing first and second in the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

It allowed us to simply keep working quietly on our plan of getting back to the front in F1. And I think he appreciates that as well and understands that. And his time will come. There will be more opportunities coming in his career,” he said.

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Overall, Norris has been a treasure for McLaren so far. Interestingly, the Briton is still well in the fight for P3 in the driver’s championship. But, can he take it all the way by defeating big guns like Bottas and Perez? Only time will tell?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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