WATCH: Norris Fumes After Nearly Crashing With Ocon at Zandvoort F1 Free Practice

Published 09/03/2021, 8:27 AM EDT
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


The Dutch Grand Prix is underway, with the First Practice session kicking things off. However, the session has had its fair share of incidents one of them being between Lando Norris and Esteban Ocon.

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As the French driver was zipping around Zandvoort, a Red Bull was behind him. Ocon moved out of the way but didn’t realize the McLaren driver was there as well. Thankfully, both Ocon and Norris narrowly avoided each other, but Norris was quite unhappy with the incident.

Lando Norris isn’t pleased with Ocon in FP1 at Zandvoort

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All twenty drivers are still getting used to the Dutch track, and still finding their way around. Hence, it could be tricky for drivers to navigate around Zandvoort.

With it being a new track on the F1 calendar, it has its share of problems. Ocon was driving down the straight, and made for a Red Bull to get by. Little did he know that Norris was coming down the straight, and nearly collided with him, but fortunately it didn’t it send the McLaren driver onto the grass.

He said on the team radio, “What is this guy doing? He just pushed me off the track.”

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How did Norris fair in the session?

The 21-year-old wanted to redeem himself at Zandvoort and set out with the mindset of having a good lap time. However, it hasn’t quite gone to his liking as he currently finds himself in eleventh place on the timesheet.

But, Norris knows another opportunity presents itself later in the evening in FP2. The McLaren driver will be hoping to learn from his mistakes from FP1, and improve in the next session.

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Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 3, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during practice REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

After having a mediocre race last weekend at Spa, Lando is looking forward to the upcoming race weekend at Spa. He knows he needs to bring in a good result for the Woking-based outfit, and help them gain places in the constructor’s standings.

As of now, Norris focused on the second practice session, and getting the most out of the McLaren? What are your predictions for Norris as he prepares himself for FP2 later in the evening? 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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