After the Grand Prix in Miami, the Formula 1 race in Austin (Sunday, October 22, 9pm) will be the second of three USA Grands Prix this year – with the premiere in Las Vegas following in November. For McLaren driver Lando Norris, the race in America will be very special.
The Brit is set to make his 100th Formula 1 start – a historic milestone not everyone can achieve. But Norris is still waiting for his first win. The McLaren driver believes it’s unlikely to happen in Austin of all places.
Formula 1: Norris anxious about his 100th GP start
Over the past few weeks, Norris has often come close to his first win in motorsport’s premier class. But so far it has not worked. The 23-year-old will go on to break the 100-race mark without a win – until he takes first place in the US.
However, Norris doesn’t believe it. “I’m definitely not that confident, but I’m still not saying it’s going to be a bad weekend. I think we can still fight, it’s going to be a big fight,” he insisted.
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He has been on the podium eleven times in 99 races so far. The McLaren driver is very worried that he is yet to win. Asked about his 100th race, he insisted: “I’m trying to top it by getting this first win.” However, he is very proud of this historical landmark. “I’d like to stay longer, I think that’s still my next goal, but 100 races, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of great memories, good wins, a pleasant journey so far,” he said. Grand Prix United States.
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To secure the first Formula 1 victory of his career, he must first overtake Max Verstappen. The Dutchman is the size of everything. But his teammate Oscar Piastri is also putting more pressure on Norris. The F1 rookie has moved closer to Britain over the past week. In Qatar, the 22-year-old managed to defeat Norris four times.
The Australian finished ahead of the Brit in qualifying, the sprint shootout, both the sprint and the race. With all the good team atmosphere at Papaya, Norris could have been massively disturbed this weekend. The 23-year-old will need to step up his game again to ensure this doesn’t happen again in America. He will be looking to put his teammates back in their place in the qualifiers (Friday, October 20, 10:45 pm).
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