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Lando Norris
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https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/mclar...45/?nrt=54

McLaren suspects Lando Norris would have been picked up by Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso had it not promoted him to a Formula 1 race seat in 2019.

Norris will make his grand prix debut when he partners Carlos Sainz Jr at McLaren next season.
He was linked with Toro Rosso earlier in the year but McLaren was not keen to relinquish its protege and Red Bull did not want to sign another team’s driver on loan.

McLaren F1 team CEO Zak Brown said: “We knew he would've been snapped up by another team.
“But we were ultimately always on a kind of ‘around the summer break’ timeline, so we weren't pressured by that, or didn't make any decision driven by that.
“We were fully aware that if he wasn't going to drive for us next year, he'd be driving for someone else.”

Asked if that was Toro Rosso, Brown said: “I assume it would be Toro Rosso.
“I think based on the phonecalls I got, more than one team was interested in him.”
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https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/the-a...e/4331502/

Lando Norris is part of the new breed of Formula 1 driver schooled by sim technology, Jack Benyon spent a day with the McLaren ace to find out what makes him tick.
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McLaren's Lando Norris 'drove like a veteran' in Formula 1 debut.

McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran believes Formula 1 debutant Lando Norris "drove like a veteran" in the Australian Grand Prix.

Norris qualified eighth for his debut, and after running 10th in the early stages, was stuck behind the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi in the first part of his second stint.

"He did a great job overall," de Ferran told Autosport.

"He really didn't put a foot wrong the whole weekend.

"A lot of control and discipline, he peaked when he had to pace-wise in qualifying, and in the race we were just unfortunate with the Giovinazzi train.

"Other than that I think he managed himself really well and frankly drove like a veteran in many ways.

"He had both to attack and defend during the race, had to manage his pace and the tyres and I think he did that very well."
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I agree, Norris drove a superb race. Very impressed. Considering how shit the car is Russell also did a pretty good job, and after some messy moments Albon also did really well.
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(22-03-2019, 08:11 PM)Jody Barton Wrote: I agree, Norris drove a superb race. Very impressed. Considering how shit the car is Russell also did a pretty good job, and after some messy moments Albon also did really well.

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