Teenage sensation Lando Norris has been backed to succeed Lewis Hamilton as Britain’s next Formula One superstar.
Norris arrived on the scene amid much fanfare this year when McLaren handed him his F1 bow just like they did with Hamilton 12 years previously. And the talented Somerset-born 19-year-old has lived to his billing by enjoying an inspiring start to his debut season, while also putting McLaren on course for their best season since 2014.
After four top-ten finishes in his first nine F1 races, the youngster sits eighth in the drivers’ standings and now turns his attention to his home British Grand Prix this weekend.
Hamilton has flown the Union Jack alone at Silverstone for some time now but former driver turned Sky Sports F1 pundit Johnny Herbert reckons Norris has all the ingredients to emulate the crowd favourite.
Herbert said: “Lando has been a standout performer of the year and at the moment, he is our second best Brit. He’s young, he’s a bloody nice guy and so easy to talk to – and he has got all the ingredients off the track to be attractive to teams and sponsors.
“But he is very attractive what he does on the track as well.
“As an overall package, he looks good for us. And he’s only going to get stronger – that’s the nice thing.
“He’s up against a strong team mate in Carlos Sainz and he’s dealt with him very nicely. He’s pushed him and come out of the blocks as he has done most of his career. Carlos has had to wake up to Lando’s speed.”
Norris is regarded as the most exciting British talent since Hamilton arrived in F1 with McLaren in 2007 and missed out on a debut championship crown by just one point.
Herbert, who secured the first of his three race wins at Silverstone, added: “The only difference when you’re comparing them is that Lewis came into a championship-winning car.
“Lewis jumped into a team against a two-time world champion and dealt with that pressure he had under Fernando Alonso. And then the pressure from McLaren of winning races and fighting for titles, he dealt with it and nearly achieved the championship.
“Lando hasn’t got that world champion next to him but has jumped in, done the job. That’s all you can do.”
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