WATCH: Lando Norris Roasts Daniel Ricciardo After Outperforming Him at McLaren F1

Published 11/07/2021, 8:43 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates winning on the podium with second place McLaren’s Lando Norris and McLaren CEO Zak Brown REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

After years of struggle, McLaren finally have some optimism for the future. And one of the biggest factors in their progress is their driver lineup – Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo.


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The unanimously adored teammates both have jolly personalities; the two friends also share incredible chemistry. But both of them know that every once in a while, making a joke on the other won’t hurt.

Recently, in a ‘Mr. & Mr. Quiz’ game, both drivers were asked who is better looking amongst them. And both of them agreed its Daniel Ricciardo.


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But Norris then followed it up with a cheeky reply.

“I just look where I’m in the championship.”

Ricciardo, who almost always has a happy face, proved that he can take a joke just as well as he can make a joke.

Where is Lando Norris in the championship?

Norris currently sits in fifth place in the drivers’ championship, a point behind Red Bull’s Sergio Perez.

The young McLaren driver has four podiums this season and even though his teammate Ricciardo won the race in Monza, he’s still 44 points behind Norris, in eighth place.

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

The young Englishman is still relatively new to the demands and level of competition in Formula 1. But he has taken little time to settle in. Since his rookie season in 2019, Norris has consistently impressed in a McLaren which has gone through some big changes.

And this season, he has outperformed his far more experienced teammate Daniel Ricciardo, cementing his status as one of the best talents on the grid.

BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 26: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 ta during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 26, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Both Norris and Ricciardo key for McLaren against Ferrari

On Sunday Lando Norris will start the Mexican GP from the back of the grid because of an engine penalty, while Daniel Ricciardo will start in P7.

The battle for third place is heating up between Ferrari and McLaren, and the British team knows that the Italians have a clear pace advantage.


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But if Saturday’s qualifying has taught us anything, it’s that having pace can be deceptive.

In the 2021 season, McLaren have shown enough proof that they are on their way back to where they once belonged, the very top among the big guns.


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And finishing ahead of Ferrari will solidify this.

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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 the better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in the future.