McLaren: That’s One of the Reasons Why Lando Norris Is So Popular

Published 01/04/2021, 7:59 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – McLaren’s Lando Norris Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Lando Norris was outstanding with his performance for McLaren in 2020. He bagged a podium and scored crucial points for the team. However, Zak Brown points out that the secret to his huge fan base is something else. He contributes a ton to charity and awareness, and that reels in the fans for him.

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Mental health in motorsport does not receive much attention. Nonetheless, it is a very sensitive issue considering a pilot’s point of view. Risking their lives on the track every weekend takes real nerves of steel. Norris had a tough time adjusting to his first year in the grid, and he is well aware of the dread. However, he does not stigmatize his feelings and speaks up bravely.

Moving ahead from his life in the fast lanes of F1, his team principal applauds his work with the mental health of F1 pilots. Suffering from the dilemma himself, Lando lent a huge part in spreading awareness with the charity group Mind. Well, the manner in which he has pulled himself out is commendable.

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“What you see is what you get with both of our drivers. I think that’s one of the reasons why they have been so popular and why Lando is so popular.

Everything that you see him do, that’s him. He takes that upon himself, it’s genuine, it’s authentic. It’s great to have someone who spotlights issues and agendas and it’s done in a very authentic way. I think it’s very important.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“I think Lando has been a breath of fresh air for the sport, and he’s enjoyable to watch. He’s actually a fairly shy person, but that doesn’t come through in his social media. He’s just very authentic. I think he’s very comfortable in that environment.spoke a proud Zak Brown.

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Norris almost doubled the points tally from his rookie year. With the kind of determination he has, his next season will surely be better. However, Lando deems that it is not enough. He knows that the stakes will be higher next season, as it is his third season at McLaren. The team will have high hopes from him and he is well aware of that.

 

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

You have this kind of different pressure of having more expectation in some ways, and you need to perform on that next level, which in a lot of circumstances, I’ve managed to do, with my race pace and so on. But there’s still things which are very tough,” revealed Lando.

We believe that Lando Norris will grab a higher position in the drivers’ standings at the end of the 2021 season. The Brit concluded the season with a feeling of optimism around him, and our faith is that he will build on it and return better.

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He will face tough competition from Daniel Ricciardo, and thus, he will have to gear up well.

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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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