McLaren F1 Team Boss Praises Lewis Hamilton’s Incredible Tenacity

Published 05/17/2021, 10:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Over the past few races, Lando Norris has garnered plenty of praise with his remarkable performances. The young Briton sits fourth in the championship behind Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen and championship leader Lewis Hamilton. Suffice to say, there have also been a few talks that Norris could be the next Hamilton. In light of that, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl spoke about the comparisons.

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He said, “It’s something… I admire a lot when I look at Lewis, how he manages year by year to pull it off. Also when having a car that is maybe not the best one, or in a difficult race, to still then be able to strike back and still score important points for the championship, that’s something which makes the difference in the end.

“It’s about consistency and performance.”

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McLaren boss Andreas Seidl is right to praise Hamilton

In all honesty, it could be hard to believe that Hamilton has not had the best car on the grid even once in his career. On face value, he has only ever raced for two teams, McLaren and Mercedes. In his debut year and in his championship-winning year, McLaren was obviously the team to beat.

However, that changed from 2009 onwards, when the Woking outfit struggled. Despite that, he was able to eke out wins up until 2012, his final year with McLaren.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Nacho Doce

He joined Mercedes in 2013, just as its star was rising. However, during that time, Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel were the favorites. From 2014 onwards, there was no stopping the Briton romping to a record-equaling seven championships. Now, there is a chance for a new star to emerge, in the form of young Lando Norris.

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In essence, the McLaren driver will be looking up to Hamilton for inspiration. As a multiple-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton will definitely be a role model for many young British drivers. Aside from Norris, there are drivers like George Russell, who are also looking to Hamilton for guidance.

For now, everyone is focused on this weekend’s race at Monte Carlo. In all honesty, this is a tough track, because it is a street circuit, so overtaking opportunities are few and far in between.

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