The Hungarian GP Sees Lando Norris Continue Strange Curse Since His F1 Debut!

Published 08/03/2021, 7:49 AM EDT
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


Lando Norris has been in fine form ever since the 2021 season kicked off. The McLaren driver has picked up points from every race this season was hoping to back some more at the Hungarian GP. However, it wasn’t meant to as his crash with Valtteri Bottas took a heavy toll on his MCL35M, which saw him out of the race.

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But, this incident earned the 21-year-old a strange record in F1. Norris has recited from every eleventh race on the F1 calendar since 2019. It started with German GP, then the Eifel GP in 2020, and now the Hungarian GP this season.

An eleventh race curse has latched upon Norris

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The British driver was the German Grand Prix from last on the grid, as he had used more power units than allotted. However, it didn’t get better for Norris as after twenty-fives laps around the Hockenheimring, the McLaren driver had to call it a day.

Now in his second season in F1, the young McLaren driver was hoping to make an impact on the grid. He started Eifel GP in eighth place, was aiming to bag some points for the Woking-based team. But, yet again it wasn’t meant to be as just after 42 laps he had to retire.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris collides with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen Pool via REUTERS/Peter Kohalmi

Norris was hoping to break the eleventh race curse at the Hungaroring this past weekend. He found himself in sixth place, as the lights went out. However, just as he was heading into turn one, Bottas rear-ended him. In a matter of seconds, Norris hit the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

The 21-year-old couldn’t take part in the restart after the red flag, as his McLaren had taken heavy damage. The Woking-based outfit went home empty-handed from Budapest, as Daniel Ricciardo finished outside the points in the eleventh race.

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Lando brought his A-game to 2021

The McLaren driver has picked up three podiums and bagged points in all but one race this season. Norris would hope to put the Hungarian GP, and come back stronger after the summer break in Spa for the Belgium Grand Prix.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during qualifying REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

As of now, Norris sits in third place in the driver’s standings with 113 points. He would be hoping to bag some more points as the season progresses and would aim to give Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, the title-contenders a run for their money.

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Do you think Lando can break his eleventh race curse next season? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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