Norris mixes five rivals to form ultimate F1 driver

Jamie Woodhouse
Lando Norris, McLaren, talks into microphone. Australia, April 2022.

Lando Norris, McLaren, turns to talk into the microphone. Australia, April 2022.

McLaren’s Lando Norris was asked by a fan for the five drivers he would combine to make one ultimate Formula 1 driver.

There are many great drivers around the world who never feature on the Formula 1 grid, with the field right now arguably the most competitive it has been for many years.

Norris is among a group of younger drivers considered future stars of the sport, looking to join the likes of Max Verstappen who, still only aged 24, is already a Formula 1 World Champion, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, also 24, has put himself in a great position to also achieve that honour for the first time in 2022.

George Russell, Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz are also in the conversation for a very bright future in the sport, while Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel between them boast proven success in the form of a combined 13 World Championships.

Hamilton and Alonso are looking to push Mercedes and Alpine respectively into title contention this year.

Of all the drivers mentioned, four made Norris’ cut, but there was no place in there for Leclerc.

Instead, his fifth and final pick to create the one super F1 driver was probably not someone who would have come to mind instantly.

But Norris explained exactly why he had made that selection.

Lando Norris with a McLaren colleague at the Australian GP. Melbourne April 2022.

“I’ll go with present drivers, not past,” he said when asked the question during a fans’ Q&A on the Quadrant YouTube channel.

“You’d have Lewis [Hamilton] in there, you’d have Max [Verstappen], I love Fernando [Alonso], a bit of Carlos [Sainz] and a bit of Yuki [Tsunoda].

“Yuki loves a bit of radio scream, so just for pure entertainment I’d put Yuki in there.

“I missed Charles [Leclerc] out. I feel bad, but from those others I think [if] you put them together you’d have pretty much an unbeatable driver.”


Formula 1 will return to action at Imola for round four of the 2022 season, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Verstappen was victorious at that venue last season and is desperately in need of a repeat if he is to start clawing his way back into title contention.