WATCH: Lando Norris Criticizes Charles Leclerc for ‘Dodgy’ Move at Baku

Published 06/10/2021, 6:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Mark Sutton


Recently McLaren’s Lando Norris has been reviewing an F1 Grand Prix and giving his own analysis. The 21- year-old called out Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for being a dangerous driver as the two were battling it out in the closing laps of the race in Baku.

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However, it was the Monégasque who finished ahead of Norris in fourth place, while Lando had to settle for P5. The young Brit would look to beat his “friend” in the next race in France and try to avoid his doggy style of driving as well.

Lando Norris calls out Leclerc for being a reckless driver

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Norris was doing a review of the Azerbaijan GP and said, “This was a little bit dodgy from Charles here. Charles has seen that I have gone right and then he has reacted to me. Not really allowed to do that.”

Then Norris sarcastically mentions that he doesn’t know anything about rules, a reference to his controversial penalty given by the FIA for not following red flags.

He said, “Obviously I can’t talk about rules cause I don’t know how to box under a red-flag you know. Jeez, cause I am so dangerous as a driver!”

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How did Norris perform in Baku?

The 21-year-old had a weekend full of ups and downs. He managed to make it into the third round of qualifying and was on his way to be the sixth fastest for race day.

However, he got served a three-place grid penalty for going into the pits under a red flag, and hence had to see the lights go out from P9 on the grid.

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Already on the backfoot, Norris was determined to redeem himself and ensure a good finishing place. And he did exactly that by coming fifth in the race and bringing the Woking-based outfit ten points.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during qualifying REUTERS/Nacho Doce

Now, the young Brit is waiting for the French Grand Prix to get underway, to learn from his mistakes at Baku and be better for the next race.

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Can he deliver at Paul Ricard or will he suffer the same fate as he did in Baku? We will just have to wait for the 20th of July to get our answers.

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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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