Norris Surprised by Outrage Over Coverage Fail During Vettel/Gasly Duel

Published 05/26/2021, 4:47 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 has made quite the impression in Formula One. In just three seasons in F1, he has three podiums to his name, two of which have come this year. He’s been at the helm of McLaren’s recent rise, which includes a third place finish in the constructor’s standings in 2020.

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Coming off a podium in the Monaco Grand Prix, Norris appeared on his Twitch channel to connect with his subscribers. He talked about the battle between Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly, terming it “the only exciting part of the race.”

Lando Norris baffled with the coverage of the Vettel-Gasly battle

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Despite a lack of on-track overtakes, Monaco served up an exciting race on Sunday. One of the most exciting parts of the race was the battle between Vettel and Gasly.

After pitting in Lap 33, Vettel exited the pits to find himself locked in a tussle for fifth with Gasly. Although the battle lasted only three corners, Vettel took fifth after keeping Gasly behind heading into the Massenet corner.

However, fans across the world witnessed a replay of Lance Stroll during this exciting battle.

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

While Norris was far ahead of this scrap for fifth, he admits to hearing about this incident. Speaking on his Twitch channel, he expressed his opinion on the coverage during the battle.

He said“Yeah, I heard about the Stroll thing. When Vettel came out alongside Gasly, I think it was. And then they cut to the replay of Stroll. And I was like, ‘The only overtake. The only action for the whole race?'”

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Monaco isn’t a race known for overtakes. Although it holds enormous prestige on the F1 calendar, Saturdays are often more exciting than Sundays in the Principality.

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

In his Twitch stream, Norris also talked about being baffled by fans’ excitement for the race. “I mean, what do you expect? Monaco is like that every year. Don’t know why everyone like gets so excited for a great race and it’s like oh. It’s the same every year.”

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With Baku coming closer, Norris will hope to continue his good run of form in the second street race of the calendar. Can the Briton be part of another podium battle in the “Land of Fire”?

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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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