McLaren’s Lando Norris has revealed that he holds “no regrets” about the 2021 Formula One season.
Norris has enjoyed an impressive third season in F1 with McLaren with four podiums in total en route to sixth in the championship.
Reflecting on the campaign with McLaren’s official website, Norris rated his season as “a strong 8.8” after spending the first-half of the season battling Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez for third in the driver standings.
Explaining why he gave himself a precise high rating, Norris said: “Eight is a bit low, but nine is a bit like, ‘Calm down.’ So, yeah, 8.8. The reason for that score? I would say it’s been my strongest season in F1.”
Norris also felt that he had “rose to the challenge” of claiming four podiums and a maiden pole position, whilst also battling his new teammate – Daniel Ricciardo as he joked that he intentionally let Ricciardo win the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Italy.
That particular race saw McLaren become the only team to claim a one-two finish this season in a huge feat for the Woking-based Constructor.
Italy though wasn’t the only high for McLaren this season because in the following race weekend, Norris claimed his maiden pole position for Russian Grand Prix, which he hailed as his “proudest moment” of 2021.
Commenting on why that highlight stands out as his favourite, Norris proceeded to add: “There’s something great about the fact that when you qualify on pole, on that day in history, you are the fastest guy out there.
“That’s really cool. I hooked everything up in tricky conditions: slicks on a drying track. In a way, you could say it’s the kind of pole position that you can be even more proud of because of the track conditions.”
Heartbreak however struck in the race after a gamble to stay out on slick tyres amidst a heavy rain shower backfired, as he slid wide just three laps from the end after leading the majority of that race as he fought off ex teammate – Carlos Sainz, Ricciardo then Lewis Hamilton.
The 22 year-old Brit though doesn’t really have regrets as he explained: “I have no regrets. I like to stay in a positive frame of mind about everything. Even when things don’t go right or as you hoped, there are always positives you can take and things you can learn that make you stronger.”
Drawing back to the fact that he was on the cusp of his maiden win in Russia, Norris admitted that he genuinely didn’t think he would get any chances at a race victory this season, although he did tease that “You never know, you know…”
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