McLaren F1 Honcho Makes Firm Lando Norris Declaration: “You Haven’t Seen Him…”

Published 05/03/2022, 8:20 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia – April 7, 2022 McLaren’s Lando Norris is seen ahead of the Melbourne Grand Prix REUTERS/Martin Keep

Lando Norris is easily one of the best drivers in Formula One right now. The young British driver has impressed everyone with his consistent performances and his incredible speed on the race weekends. But he is still without a race win in Formula One, despite getting so close on a couple of occasions.

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Ahead of the Miami Grand Prix, McLaren CEO Zak Brown commented on what impresses him about Norris the most. Brown was a guest on the F1 nation podcast and revealed why he believes Lando is so good on the track.

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“He is, in my opinion, as good as anyone in Formula One, unbelievably fast. But the part that I’m most impressed with Lando is how few mistakes he makes and his mistakes are small,” said Zak.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 24, 2022, McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates on the podium with the third-place trophy REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

“You haven’t seen him many times. Put the car in the fence, run wide of the corner under pressure and make a mistake. He is, I think, as pure natural talent, I think he has as much as anyone Formula One,” said Brown.

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It is indeed some high praise for the young Brit from his boss. He recently claimed the first podium of the season for himself and the team in Imola after a sterling drive. But the win he so desires is still eluding him.

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Norris has been close to winning his first race on three separate occasions in Formula One last season. Until the final qualifying session in Spa, he was the fastest driver on the grid, but he crashed out to finish P10.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 19, 2022, McLaren’s Lando Norris during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

In Monza, he finished just a second behind his teammate to bring home McLaren’s first 1-2 in 10 years. But arguably the closest he has been was in Russia last year. He was just two laps away from winning his first race ahead of Lewis Hamilton, but was caught out by the rain.

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Since then, he has not really gotten an opportunity to fight for the top honors in F1. But if he continues the progress and consistency that he has shown, then it is just a matter of time before he wins his first race. It could happen in the 2022 season if McLaren provides him with a more competitive car in the upcoming races.

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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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