Lando Norris sees the ability to race with his long-time rival George Russell early in the 2022 season as a clear sign of progress for McLaren.
Although they made their F1 debut in the same period in 2019, Lando Norris had a much more competitive car than George Russell for most of the season so far.
The two are the protagonists of the 2018 FIA-F2 Championship title battle, with George Russell pushing hard late in the season, beating Lando Norris and Alex Albon to win the championship.
But in F1, Lando Norris was competing for the midfield at McLaren, while George Russell was content with a low-ranking battle at Williams F1, which was a “loan transfer” from Mercedes F1.
George Russell was staring at the rear of Lando Norris’s car, except that he replaced Lewis Hamilton in the 2020 F1 Sakhir Grand Prix, but this season the champion team Mercedes F1 It is expected that the position will be reversed by transferring to.
However, in 2022, new regulations will be introduced in F1 and each team will start from a blank slate. So Lando Norris thinks it would be positive if he could be in the same field as Yuji’s George Russell in the opening rounds in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Lando Norris, who has won five podiums so far, said, “I hope we can have a wheel-to-wheel battle in the first place.”
“If we can fight wheel-to-wheel, I think we got off to a good start in 2022, or he got off to a bad start!”
“Of course, we’re optimistic and I think we can start the season well, and I think we can get closer to Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.”
“You’ll know over time. I don’t think anyone really knows who is where early in the season.”
“But we certainly have something to make up for, and it’s not easy to make up for it all this year, even if there are new rules.”
“If I’m racing with George, we’re racing Mercedes, and if I’m racing Mercedes, I think we’ve had a good offseason.”
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