WATCH: Lando Norris Embarrassingly Spins in Pit-Lane at Sochi During FP1

Published 09/24/2021, 6:14 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 29, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during a press conference ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


The Russian Grand Prix is here, and there was already an incident towards the end of the first practice session. This time, as McLaren’s Lando Norris was heading back to the pits after FP1, he spun.

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Even though it was a minor incident, Norris is hoping to avoid such errors in the second practice session later on Friday. He will hope to get the most out of the Mercedes – powered car and set on a good lap around the Russian track.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 26, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Lando Norris spins towards the end of the practice session

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As the session was in its closing stages, Norris was heading back to the pits to regroup with his McLaren squad. However, just a few meters away from the pit entry, he spun and taking minor damage to his front wing. Within a matter of minutes, Lando backed up and headed for the pits, where the Woking-based outfit were waiting to assess the damage that was done.

As he was waiting to safely back up, Lando came on the radio and said, “Don’t know what happened, the rears just locked or something.”

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How did Lando perform in FP1?

After having a stellar performance last race weekend in Monza, the 21-year-old was hoping to hit the ground running. In FP1, Norris was managed to be the eighth fastest driver of the session.

However, the McLaren driver knows the potential of the car and aims to improve in the second session of the day. Having a spin in the first session will make Lando more cautious.

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Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

With FP2 just two hours away, Lando will hope to take some tips from his engineers and aim to have a better session later on Friday. After placing second at the Italian Grand Prix, what are your expectations from Norris in Sochi? Let us know 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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