“We Will Talk About it”: Lando Norris Shares Displeasure with Daniel Ricciardo’s Aggressive Move

Published 06/22/2021, 3:22 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during practice REUTERS/Yves Herman


During the 2021 French Grand Prix, there were plenty of battles up and down the order. One of the most prominent battles was the McLaren civil war between Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.

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Admittedly, their duel must have left McLaren sweating, with at least half a dozen heart attacks. Ricciardo in particular was quite robust in his defense.

In light of this, Norris said, “It was an aggressive defense. I don’t have a problem with him but I don’t think he should have done that.

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“Racing requires it, I probably would have done the same to him, but at that moment I was right on the edge of the kerb. Of course we will talk about it.”

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Admittedly, the Australian driver’s aggression could be down to desperation. With Lando Norris being quite impressive this season, the pressure is on Ricciardo. As a result, he could be prone to more mistakes while he tries to prove his mettle.

Can Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris sort things out?

Luckily for the two drivers, they share a relatively good relationship with each other. So, any kind of animosity is only displayed on the racetrack.

It is also worth mentioning that Norris had a fairly adventurous race at the Paul Ricard circuit. Apparently, he almost collided with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly on one occasion.

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)

Fortunately, aside from that robust piece of defense, things calmed down between the teammates. Eventually, they went on to finish 5th and 6th in the race, moving McLaren to 3rd in the championship.

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With Scuderia Ferrari blowing hot and cold, McLaren’s consistent performances were the key to them leapfrogging the Italian squad.

However, Daniel Ricciardo will be aware that Lando Norris cannot work alone. If they want to maintain 3rd in the Constructors’ championship, they need both drivers firing on all cylinders.

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