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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36
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How Norris pulled off the toughest race drive of F1 2022

OPINION: As 2022 ended up being a much more trying season for Lando Norris compared to his previous two Formula 1 campaigns, it’s worth looking back on the McLaren driver’s toughest race this year. After all, that’s where he really showed his class in a midfield season where success was harder to grab and spot

“I would say quite confidently, the toughest race of my life. I struggled so much. I was very happy with myself just completing the race. Maybe it sounds easy and whatever – and people say I'm over-exaggerating – but I was in a very bad way at that point.”

It says much about the attitudes of our current society that Lando Norris feels the need to clarify exactly how awful he felt completing the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix with a bout of tonsillitis. But damn the killjoys, the constant online bores. Anyone who saw the 23-year-old or even heard him speak that weekend – a rare thing in the circumstances – understands just how tough he had it.

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