The small changes behind Norris’ rise to F1 stardom
Lando Norris is arguably one of F1’s drivers of the year so far – he's barely put a wheel wrong all season. His McLaren bosses speak of him having “taken the next step” to becoming even better, a point he evidenced in Austria. Stuart Codling digs into the fine details that have helped him challenge for podiums on merit.
Some drivers arrive in Formula 1 thrillingly complete. Others are still on what’s known in modern media-saturated parlance as “the journey”. For every Lewis Hamilton – podium finisher in his first grand prix, polesitter and winner of his sixth – there are dozens of other slower-burning talents who had to feel their way carefully towards becoming the finished article.
Lando Norris is perhaps one such. Aged 19 when he made his F1 debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix, he was by no means the first teenager to break into motor racing’s top echelon. But there were those who interpreted his boyish swagger and fondness for japery as an inherent lack of seriousness – for certain eminences grise within the paddock, a cardinal and career-limiting sin.
In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? Stuart Codling talks to the man in charge.
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