“Strongest Drivers on the Grid” – McLaren F1 Raises the Bar for Lando Norris Preceding 2022 Season

Published 12/30/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 25, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrates pole position after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov


After putting in yet another strong season, we all can agree that McLaren driver Lando Norris could soon be a championship contender. Ever since he made his debut in F1 in 2019, the Briton’s career graph has only gone up.

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So much so that at 22, he has become the main man at McLaren. And praises for his growth aren’t only limited from external sources, but from internal ones as well.

Andrea Stella, McLaren’s executive racing director, recently spoke about Norris. He said, “I think Lando, in his third year of Formula 1, has developed in terms of, first of all, pure speed.”

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“I am confident to say that in terms of pure speed, he is one of the strongest drivers on the grid and I think this is true in all conditions.”

Stella emphasized on the pole position and the subsequent near-win in Sochi as proof of Norris’ speed and his talent. He described that the simple but tough key in order to meet high expectations is consistency.

“Where I see the opportunity with Lando is on consolidating these very high standards that he has achieved in every single session, so we want more consistency of deploying this level of top performance.”

Lando Norris feels confident ahead of the 2022 season

After the race in Saudi Arabia, Norris had revealed the confidence boost he has received from the 2021 season, something that could help him right from the get-go in 2022.

“I definitely feel much more confident that if I was to fight for a win suddenly in the first race next year, especially after being in the position I was in Russia, I think I’d feel very confident in that position,” Norris said.

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“Whether that means we’re going to do well or not [next year], we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

In 2022, Lando Norris could easily graduate from the title of ‘a young and coming’ star to a championship contender considering the support he has from his team.

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The next year will be his fourth year in F1, so the margin for error for Norris will be low; but at the same time, the rewards will be higher than ever.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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