WATCH: Norris’ Light-Hearted Reaction on McLaren F1 Radio to FP2 Mistake in Austria

Published 07/02/2021, 11:34 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


In the second practice session on Friday at the Austrian Grand Prix, Lando Norris had a spin in the first sector of the track. When asked by his race engineer if there was any damage done to the MCL35M, Norris replied in the way he is known for.

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Overall, the young Brit had a mediocre session as he only managed to be the ninth fastest on the timesheet. It wasn’t much of an improvement for the 21-year-old as he finished in tenth in the session before.

Lando Norris jokingly replies to his engineer after FP2 spin

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Being asked by his McLaren race engineer about the damage he sustained after his spin, Norris cheekily replied, “Talent”, he then gave the proper answer saying, “Just the tires are flat-spotted.”

The race engineer acknowledged the message and then told him the order of drivers behind him, which consisted of the likes of Verstappen, Hamilton, and Perez.

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Can he improve his pace for Saturday?

The first two sessions on Friday were a shock to Norris, as he found himself in tenth place in FP1 and ninth in FP2. Norris is hoping to find the pace which is needed to salvage his weekend and aims for a better final practice session on Saturday, followed by a strong quali pace later in the day.

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Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

Just last week, Norris was starting third at the Styrian Grand Prix and finished fifth. The 21-year-old must be scratching his head on how he can lose pace, within a week’s time.

However, Lando isn’t a driver who is going to give but rather work to find a solution and help his team earn crucial points for the championship.

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What do you think, can Lando recover on Saturday, and have a better pace than he did last week? Or will he continue to struggle with performance, as he zips around the Red Bull Ring? Let us know what you think 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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