Norris’ F1 Form Giving Me Deja Vu of Verstappen, Admits Ricciardo

Published 07/08/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)


When Daniel Ricciardo joined McLaren this season, many expected him to outperform his teammate Lando Norris. Although the Briton had two impressive seasons with McLaren, Ricciardo came not just with multiple podiums, but also race-winning pedigree.

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However, Norris hasn’t just outperformed Ricciardo, but the MCL35M car itself. Ahead of the British Grand Prix, Ricciardo believes Norris is doing the same thing he did at Red Bull.

Daniel Ricciardo believes Lando Norris is replicating his “third year” form in 2021

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The Briton is currently fourth in the driver’s championship with an impressive 101 points. While he remains the only driver to score points in all nine races so far, Norris has three podium finishes as well. In fact, he trails Red Bull‘s Sergio Perez in third by just three points in the driver’s championship.

Although this is just his third season in F1, Norris is carrying McLaren‘s challenge for third place in the constructor’s championship. While Ricciardo struggles in his new team, he admitted his British teammate is going through the third-year effect.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

He said“I came in and he showed that he’s got skill and talent, I do think as well this year he’s made that third-year step. I did it at Red Bull, I think Max did it as well, kind of cleaned up some of his mistakes in year three and then really rose to his potential, and I think Lando is doing that now.”

Ricciardo faced a similar journey at Red Bull. Although his second season with them in 2015 yielded just 92 points, the Australian stormed to third place in the driver’s championship in 2016. That year, he took a race win and seven podiums to amass 256 points.

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Ricciardo: Just have to tip my hat

The Australian admitted all he can do is appreciate his teammate while learning from his strengths. He said, “So I for now just have to tip my hat, acknowledge that he is driving very well, gelling very well with the team, and just try to use that to benefit me moving forward.

“Learn from him where he is doing things better, use those things to ultimately make me a better driver.”

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Although the Honey Badger just has 40 points so far, he returns to the track where he made his F1 debut 10 years ago. Ricciardo will look to bring joy to his team at their home race in Silverstone on July 18, while Norris hopes he can continue his scoring streak.

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Sanket Nair

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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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