Lando Norris makes worrying admission as he closes in on unwanted F1 record

The McLaren star is yet to win an F1 race.

Lando Norris makes worrying admission as he closes in on unwanted F1 record
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Lando Norris has 12 F1 podiums but no wins (Photo: Getty)

Lando Norris believes he and McLaren have missed their ‘best chance’ to win a race in 2023, even as he enjoys the best form of his Formula One career.

After a dreadful start to the season, upgrades to the MCL60 in July instantly transformed it into one of the fastest cars on the grid, and Norris and teammate Oscar Piastri have been reaping the rewards ever since.

The Brit has finished on the podium in six of the last nine races, results that have catapulted him up the standings to sixth ahead of the Charles Leclerc and George Russell.

In many of the recent races, the McLarens have been the closest rivals to the imperious Max Verstappen in his Red Bull, leading many to believe that Norris could secure his maiden F1 victory in the last four races of the season.

But sadly, that is not an opinion the 23-year-old shares, as he thinks that his car is not well suited to the remaining circuits in Mexico, Brazil, Las Vegas and Abu Dhabi.

‘Do I think our best chances have gone? I would say yes,’ Norris said after last weekend’s United States Grand Prix, where he finished second after Sir Lewis Hamilton was disqualified.

‘I think Qatar was our best chance of winning a race. And I missed out on that one. I don’t want to say no, I don’t say like never.

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Norris is up to sixth in the standings with just four races of the season left (Photo: Getty)

‘I think there’s no super high speed, Suzuka-style, Qatar-style circuits left which is where we’re strong. I don’t think they’re any good ones for us coming up. I think our best have gone.

‘I just want to be hopeful that we can do good results and I think we can still fight for podiums but these guys are too quick for me.

‘If you looked at the GPS overlays of how bad we are in the slow speed [areas], I’m not looking forward to Brazil. I think we’re going to be pretty shocking there. Vegas and Abu Dhabi are probably the better ones.

‘I literally would have told you that you were stupid at the beginning of the year if you had said we would be fighting against these cars. I think every team and every engineer would have said it was unrealistic and silly to think of, so I am proud of the whole team.’

Norris has picked up 12 podiums since make his debut in 2019, an impressive feat, but that now means he could match an unwanted F1 record at this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix.

Should he finish second or third, he’ll equal former BMW Sauber and Williams star Nick Heidfeld for the most F1 podiums without winning a race.

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