WATCH: Lando Norris Half-Jokingly Reveals His Daniel Ricciardo ‘Dream’

Published 10/29/2021, 5:23 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren’s Lando Norris celebrate after finishing first and second in the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


Lando Norris has been having a breakthrough season in the sport taking 4 podiums for McLaren. He mentioned he is living his dream and, in a way, he has grown up watching Daniel Ricciardo race in Formula One.

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Ricciardo joined McLaren at the beginning of the 2021 season and partnered Norris to the team’s first win in Monza. They share a very friendly bond off the track while not giving an inch to each other on the track.

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Lando also described what it feels like to drive a Formula1 car.”I mean it’s the coolest thing in the world right, getting to drive a Formula One car on more weekends. Being the teammate of Daniel Ricciardo, he was almost in F1 when I was born.

To this, the Aussie replied,” 2011. When were you born?”. Lando said he was 11.

” You were born in 2000?” asked Ricciardo. “99. So I kind of grew up watching Daniel and now that’s my real dream of getting to partner with him,” said Lando.

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Daniel just did a good job and drove well: Lando Norris

As reported by Planetf1, the young Brit finished the US GP in P8 and was comfortably outperformed by Ricciardo. Daniel finished the race in a very strong P5 and brought in some good points for the team. Norris also praised the performance of his teammate and mentioned that he had found some pace.

“Daniel just did a good job and drove well,” said Norris.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021, in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)

“I suppose a lot of people are shocked and think ‘Oh, Lando drove badly’. But Daniel is just a good driver. In the first half of the season, it was difficult to keep Ferrari behind us when he was just having to find his pace.”

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But it’s nice that he’s here now, then we can support each other even more in the race.” said Lando.

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It is good news for McLaren that Ricciardo has stepped up and finally found his footing in the new team. The Aussie had been struggling all year to match Norris in qualifying.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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