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Lando Norris: ‘A lot of swearing goes on generally when I am driving’

Norris, the rookie McLaren driver, is the youngest British driver to compete in Formula One and admits to being fiercely – and verbally - self-critical during a race

There is a strong likelihood that regardless of how Lando Norris performs in his debut Formula One race in Australia on Sunday morning, the young British driver will at some point have turned the air in his cockpit blue. Norris is fearsomely self-critical of every aspect of his craft and brutally honest in assessing his own performances. They are traits he shares with Lewis Hamilton, the driver he hopes to emulate, and they will be absolutely invaluable at McLaren this season.

Only 19 years old, Norris is the youngest British driver to compete in F1 and daunting a prospect as it may have been, he has acquitted himself admirably over the weekend under the intense pressure and scrutiny that comes with climbing behind the wheel of a McLaren. The first task for a rookie – to keep the car on the island – was achieved with solid runs through all three practice sessions. Perhaps unsurprising given he had done due diligence on Albert Park already, putting in over 600 laps on the simulator he has at his home in Guildford.

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