Is Norris on the way to F1 stardom?

Date published: September 22 2020

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Lando Norris has flashed his potential as the heir apparent to Lewis Hamilton to ensure that Great Britain remains represented at the top of Formula One in the next generation of the drivers.

The 20-year-old has been a model of consistency since his arrival at the highest level of the sport. He was reliable for McLaren in his debut season – always putting himself in contention to put points on the board. Norris has continued his solid form in the 2020 campaign, enhancing his reputation on the track. The Brit is not going to contend for the Drivers’ Championship, but he has certainly won his fair share of plaudits for his maturity and composure behind the wheel.

The McLaren driver made a statement in the opening race of the 2020 season by earning his first podium finish. Hamilton was off the pace in Austria during qualifying along with Sebastian Vettel. Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were forced to retire, which opened up a path for Norris to finish in the top three. He was steady and composed when it mattered the most.

Hamilton crossed the line in second place, but a penalty against the Brit knocked him down the classification after a collision with Alexander Albon. Norris seized on the opening to narrow the gap to 4.8 seconds, which allowed him to claim his place on the podium by 0.2 seconds. He became the third-youngest driver to finish in the top three of a Grand Prix and was the youngest British driver to accomplish the feat.

Norris is at the stage of his career where another breakthrough would be defining in the history of British motor racing. Hamilton holds the record for the youngest British driver to win a Grand Prix, but should Norris claim top spot on the podium before he is 22 years and 154 days old – then he will claim the record held by the six-time champion. He even has time to place second on the overall list ahead of Vettel and Charles Leclerc, although the opportunity to steal the top spot has passed him by due to the triumph of Verstappen at the age of 18.

As a result, Norris is an intriguing figure if you’re looking at the F1 betting & odds markets for podium finishes in the 2020 campaign. There are a number of ways to place bets on Formula One outside of the basic win markets including podium finish and top six finish, as well as the outright markets. A bet on Norris would provide value given his consistency and the peculiar nature of the current season; the Brit would certainly be a good outside option to place on a weekly basis.

He came close to repeating his success at the Styrian Grand Prix, finishing in fifth – adding 10 useful points to his collection – and again at the British Grand Prix placing in fifth again. Norris improved again in Italy – just missing out on another place on the podium by 3.6 seconds behind Lance Stroll.

It shows that Norris is not only learning, but improving in a vehicle that has limitations. The 20-year-old has huge potential to become the long-term successor to Hamilton in the eyes of British motor racing and will be eyeing his seat at Mercedes with interest in the coming seasons.