Zac Brown (McLaren): An obvious comparison to Alonso / Formula 1

American Zach Brown, CEO of McLaren, was stunned by this value: “Lando Norris is as sturdy as Fernando Alonso.” The Californian tells why he’s positive.


On the one hand, Lando Norris, 23 years outdated, is sixth within the 2021 World Championship, six podium locations within the premier class up to now. On the opposite aspect is Fernando Alonso, 41 years outdated, 2005 and 2006 Formula 1 World Champion, 2019/2020 Endurance Champion, two-time Le Mans winner, 32-time GP winner. Now, McLaren CEO Zach Brown is boldly declaring: “Lando Norris is nearly as good as Fernando Alonso.”

Norris is taken into account an upcoming GP winner, it isn’t clear if he has what it takes to grow to be a world champion. His making eight-time GP winner Daniel Ricciardo look outdated at McLaren. In 2023, Norris will face Australian Oscar Piastri sooner or later.

Fans are debating what Norris may do in the identical automobile as Max Verstappen or Charles Leclerc. McLaren CEO Zac Brown (51) advised colleague Nate Souders of ESPN: “I believe Lando is nearly as good as anybody on the grid. I got here to this perception once I put him in a sports activities automobile at Daytona, in direct comparison to Fernando, however with an odd automobile on an odd race observe.

“Fernando is certainly top-of-the-line in Formula 1 and Lando has been at his degree, generally even a bit quicker. You may see how nice his pure expertise was. There are drivers, however, once you take them out of their regular surroundings, they’ve a tough time. Lando, however, instantly picked up pace.”

“You can put Lando on any sort of racing automobile, even a world buggy. In the identical state of affairs, if all Formula 1 drivers had been of the identical materials, Norris could be forward.”

“Norris needs to win races. He is aware of – a number of drivers who’re successful Grand Prix now, Lando used to beat them on a regular basis. »

“Lando is a good ability participant and barely makes errors. And his racing abilities are wonderful. In his first yr on the observe, he was nonetheless a bit of reserved. He now is aware of how to present his tooth in a racing automobile. He drives exhausting however truthful. It additionally shines with wonderful tire dealing with.”

Formula 1 2023

February 3: Red Bull Racing in New York
February 6: Williams Online
February 7: Alfa Romeo in Zurich
February 11: AlphaTauri in New York
February 13: McLaren at Woking
February 13: Aston Martin at Silverstone
February 14: Ferrari at Maranello
February 15: Mercedes at Silverstone
February 16: Alpine in London

winter check
February 23-25: Bahrain International Circuit

Formula 1 World Championship calendar
05.03. Bahrain GP, ​​Bahrain International Circuit, Sahir
19.03 Saudi Arabian GP, ​​Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah
02.04. Australian GP, ​​Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne
04/30 Azerbaijan GP, ​​Baku City Circle, Baku *
07.05. Miami GP, Miami International Speedway, Miami
21.05 Emilia Romagna GP, Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari, Imola
28.05 Monaco GP, Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
04.06. Spanish GP, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalonia, Montmelo
18.06 The Canadian Doctor, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
02.07. Austrian GP, ​​Red Bull Ring, Spielberg *
09.07. British GP, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
23.07. Hungarian GP, ​​Hungary, Budapest
07/30 Belgian GP, ​​Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa*
27.08 Netherlands GP, Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort
03.09. Italian GP, ​​Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza
17.09 Singapore GP, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
24.09 Japan GP, ​​Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka
08.10. Qatar GP, Losail International Circuit, Doha *
22.10. Austin GP, ​​Circuit of the Americas, Austin *
29.10. Mexican GP, ​​Autodromo Herman Rodriguez, Mexico City
05.11. Brazilian GP, ​​Autodromo José Carlos Pace, Interlagos *
18.11. Las Vegas GP, Las Vegas Street Circuit, Las Vegas
26.11 Abu Dhabi GP, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island

* Sprint format


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