“You’re Privileged” – Lando Norris Believes Every Driver is Lucky to Be in F1

Published 10/13/2021, 7:52 AM EDT
Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


Many drivers around the globe wish to get a seat in the pinnacle of motor racing. However, with only 20 spots available each year on the grid and occupied by few of the best drivers in the world, it gets extremely difficult to reach Formula 1.

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In addition, Formula 1 is a very expensive sport and the team on the grid at times needs drivers who can bring sponsorship money for extra competitiveness and for their survival. No matter how talented an individual is, if he/she doesn’t have financial backing at some stage, it’s very unlikely one can ever make it to F1.

So, ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix, McLaren’s Lando Norris admitted everyone who is in Formula 1 is lucky and privileged.

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What did Lando Norris say?

As quoted by MotorsportTotal.com, Lando Norris said: “Not everyone in the world has the opportunity to race. There are people in many different countries who don’t live near a racetrack or who never have the opportunity to have a car or a go-kart or something travel.”

Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 2, 2021. McLaren’s Lando Norris during the FIA Press Conference Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic.

“I’m lucky to be in this position. And I think everyone is. Everyone here in Formula 1 is lucky. You’re privileged because you can race.” concluded Norris. (Translated via Google Translate)

P7 finish at Turkish GP ‘the best we could do’: Norris

After securing an impressive pole position at Sochi, Lando Norris crossed the chequered flag at P7. Though at the closing stages of the Turkish GP, the Mclaren driver was displaying blistering pace and he was closing up to the back of Pierre Gasly and Lewis Hamilton. However, because of the tyre degradation, Norris dropped back and eventually finished seventh.

Meanwhile, after the race, Lando Norris revealed P7 was the best result he could achieve at Istanbul Park.

“It was a very tricky race. Just because of the conditions, it made it very difficult. How much to push on the tyres, how much not to, when to pit. It was just really up and down how the tyres go,” said Lando Norris.

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Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021. McLaren’s Lando Norris during qualifying REUTERS/Umit Bektas.

“So it was just very difficult, very easy to make mistakes and go off and spin and so on. But a good day for us; P7 doesn’t sound good, but I think it was the best we could do.”

Currently, Lando Norris sits fourth in the driver’s championship, just ten points ahead of Red Bull’s Sergio Perez.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull, and hopes the former breaks Lewis Hamilton's dominance.

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