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How did Norris really fare on his F1 debut?
Eighth on the grid but only 12th in the race - Lando Norris's mood after his Formula 1 debut had a strong air of "could do better". He needn't be disappointed, Australia provided plenty of evidence of what makes this rookie so special
The best in motorsport, in any sport for that matter, put enormous demands on themselves. "Good enough" is never good enough, expectations are sky high and no matter what pressure the outside world can put on them, it's nowhere near as intense as what comes from within an athlete's own head. It's why managing that expectation is central to sustained performance.
So it was no surprise to see Lando Norris, after what was a very accomplished debut grand prix weekend that included a stellar qualifying performance but a shot at a point or two lost to getting stuck behind the long-running Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi, a little downbeat after the race.
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Wind tunnel work forms the bedrock of aerodynamic development in Formula 1. But as Pat Symonds explains, advances in virtual research are signalling the end of these expensive and complicated relics.
The newspapers, naturally, lingered over Max Mosley’s tainted family history and niche sexual practices. But this is to trivialise the legacy of a big beast of motor racing politics. Stuart Codling weighs the life of a man whose work for safety on both road and track has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, but whose penchant for cruelty remains problematic and polarising.
Sergio Perez has spent most of his career labouring in Formula 1’s midfield, wondering whether he’d ever get another shot at the big time. Red Bull has handed him that chance and, although life at the top is tough, the Baku winner is doing all the right things to get on terms with Max Verstappen, says BEN ANDERSON
Formula 1 has been tracking car performance using timing loops mounted every 200m around each circuit – to the extent that it was able to anticipate Ferrari’s 'surprise’ pole in Monaco. PAT SYMONDS explains what this means for this season and beyond
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OPINION: The Azerbaijan Grand Prix had elements that make Formula 1 really exciting – unpredictability and shock results. This resulted in heartbreak for several of the championship’s regular contenders and joy for others who rarely reach the ultimate limelight. And one of those on the Baku podium is riding a wave of form he’s keen to continue
OPINION: With the global pandemic still lingering, Singapore's grand prix has been cancelled for 2021, with more looking likely to follow. Although Formula 1 has TV deals and profits to chase, retaining a 23-race calendar could be most harmful to those who sacrifice the most for the championship.
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