Zak Brown Reveals the Crucial Advice That Boosted Lando Norris’ Confidence

Published 08/22/2021, 5:45 AM EDT


Lando Norris, having spent just over 2 years in F1, is already in pursuit of securing an impressive P3 in the championship this season.

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The Briton did look quite cautious over his initial couple of seasons. However, 2021 has witnessed an aggressive Norris, who has hardly backed off from on-track battles. So, what caused this sudden spurt of performance from the McLaren driver?

Well, McLaren’s boss, Zak Brown, revealed he demanded Norris to start pushing the car to its absolute limits. What’s more, McLaren encouraged Norris not to worry about exceeding the limits and causing mistakes on the track.

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What did the McLaren boss say?

As reported by Formel1, Brown reckoned that Norris was one of the cleanest rookies F1 had ever witnessed, as the Briton hardly made errors on the track. Hence, after keeping an eye on the clean racing over his debut year, Brown supported Norris to step up his game.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

If you look at some of the other rookies that came here, they had a lot of accidents. They were fast. But, they exceeded the limit too often. Lando has not. He has had a great one from the start Speed ​​and maturity demonstrated,Brown said.

And what we have asked of him last year and this year is to drive a little more to the limit to encourage him that it is okay if you go wrong every now and then,” the American continued.

Lando Norris’ mistakes are small: Brown

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The McLaren boss looked absolutely pleased with Norris’ performances since the 2020 season. He pointed out that, despite pushing the car to limits, Norris has hardly caused mistakes, and if he did, it always remained limited to track limit violations.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris before practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

What we saw is that he got even faster, could extend his elbows. But, he still keeps the car on the track, which is great. Now his mistakes are as small as the track limit offenses in Italy, where he lost third place on the grid,” he said.

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The 2021 season, too, witnessed Norris go on an incredible point-scoring streak until the Hungarian Grand Prix, where Valtteri Bottas ended it for the Briton. Hence, with potentially 12 more races to go, can he pull off another impressive streak to end this season on a high?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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