Monaco F1 Win Requires ‘Nothing Incredible’ – Lando Norris

Published 06/01/2021, 3:59 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix || REUTERS


Lando Norris is on a roll at the moment. One of the most in-form drivers on the grid at the moment, the Briton took his second podium of the season in Monte Carlo.

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Although the Monaco Grand Prix holds a lot of prestige, it’s often termed a boring race. The streets of Monaco often see the least overtakes in any race of an F1 season. Ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Norris spoke about why he thinks winning in Monaco isn’t that challenging.

Lando Norris believes winning in IndyCar is more challenging than Monaco

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Some of the most famous F1 drivers have wins in Monaco. This star-studded list includes world champions like Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, and Lewis Hamilton.

Although he secured a podium finish at this season’s Monaco Grand Prix, Norris is yet to win the prestigious race. However, the Briton believes that winning in Monaco isn’t as challenging as winning in IndyCar. He also mentions that winning in IndyCar takes a lot more than winning in Monaco.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 23, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates finishing in third place Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

The 21-year-old said“In my eyes, I’d rather win a championship than just win Monaco. The amazing thing about winning Monaco is the history of it, because if you’re on pole and can lead into Turn 1 it’s almost like a guaranteed win in a way, so it’s not like you do anything incredible to win.

“(At) Indy, you have to do something more incredible to win with your strategy, your fuel, and things like that.”

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Although he’s only three seasons old in F1, Norris spoke about his dream of racing in IndyCar. He mentioned taking it up in the future, but wants to focus on F1 for the time being.

The Bristol-born driver said, “At the moment it’s not something I want to go and do right now, I’d rather just focus on (F1), but it’s something to think about in the future. I would love to do it at some point, but not at the moment.”

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – McLaren’s Lando Norris in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The Briton owes his dream of racing in IndyCar to the prestige the event carries in motorsports. “I think Indy’s more like a prestigious event that people look forward to because it’s so unique and so different to anything else you normally see,” said Norris. “So it is something I’d like to do.”

For the time being, Norris’ focus remains the 2021 F1 season. With the next race in Baku, he will hope to keep the momentum going for McLaren with another strong performance in the “Land of Fire”.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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