F1: Verstappen and Hamilton verbally spar
We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info
Lando Norris says his current F1 form is better than it has been at any point since his Formula 4 days. The McLaren star added his consistency in qualifying is a major factor behind his strong run of results so far in 2021.
The 21-year-old sits third in the driver’s standings, behind only front-runners Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the table.
His superb form this year has seen him score points in almost every single race so far, with the exception of the last Grand Prix in Hungary when he was one of five unfortunate victims of an early crash as Valtteri Bottas braked too late into the first corner.
Other than in Budapest and his eight-placed finish in Spain, Norris has finished between third and fifth place in every race so far in 2021.
It was before that ill-fated Hungarian Grand Prix when the McLaren ace told reporters he feels his form this season so far has “probably been my best by quite a long way”.
JUST IN: Lando Norris lifts lid on Lewis Hamilton battle in warning to champion
He said: “There was only really Barcelona which was an off weekend for me, the rest of them have been pretty good, and I don’t think I’ve had that in probably any other series.
“My best one before this was Formula 4, or Formula Renault, probably more like Formula 4, just with my consistency in the qualifying side of it. I didn’t qualify outside the top two all season, but that’s only qualifying.
“I think this year what’s been good is both my qualifying consistency and, more importantly, the race consistency. So definitely my best start I’ve had in my career.”
The starlet has grown in both ability and self-assurance this year, and recently admitted he is “confident” that he can go toe-to-toe with Verstappen or Hamilton in a scrap, just like he did with the latter in Austria earlier in the season.
Lando Norris and Sergio Perez hit out at Valtteri Bottas after crash [NEWS]
Red Bull boss Christian Horner ups Mercedes ante amid F1 rivalry [NEWS]
Hamilton’s relationship with Verstappen could’ve been ‘undone’ [NEWS]
Given the right car, he is one of a few others on the grid who could conceivably be in contention to fight for the driver’s title next season when a swathe of new technical rules come into force, potentially shaking up the grid.
Despite his superb showings so far in 2021, Norris said he is “still trying to get my head around” how to get the best out of the car he is currently driving.
He said: “First, I was driving it very similar to last year, which in the end was not the correct way to drive it. I’m still trying to get my head around it now.
“I’m still trying to understand how to really extract everything out of it and [at] every single weekend.
“It’s not easy, so it took me a while to realise how to drive it, and it’s still taking me even until now to be able to know every time I go out what I need to do to extract everything out of the car. It’s part of the challenge, I guess.”
Despite Norris’ crash with Bottas in Budapest, the Englishman remains five points ahead of the Mercedes man in the standings and will be hoping to continue his successful campaign when the mid-season break ends and F1 action returns at the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of August.
Source: Read Full Article