Lando Norris is setting the stage for the 2024 Formula 1 season, issuing a warning to his competitors that his elusive first Grand Prix victory will be realized within the next 12 months. The 24-year-old British driver has ambitious plans to elevate the McLaren name back to the pinnacle of the podium, expressing confidence in both his personal capabilities and the team’s potential.
The 2023 F1 season marked a significant milestone for Norris, as he concluded the campaign in sixth place in the driver standings and propelled McLaren to a commendable fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship, a feat achieved despite the team initially facing adversity with the slowest car at the season opener in Bahrain.
During the season, Norris secured seven podium finishes, showcasing remarkable consistency. While six of these podiums placed him in the second position, the elusive first-place finish remained just out of reach. Compounding his frustration was the performance of his rookie teammate, Oscar Piastri, who clinched McLaren’s sole victory of the season by outpacing Max Verstappen in the sprint race in Qatar.
As the Formula 1 circus now sets its sights on the 2024 season, Norris remains optimistic about McLaren’s potential to challenge Verstappen and Red Bull. When questioned about the timing of his first Grand Prix win, Norris exuded confidence not only in his own abilities but also in the collective strength of the McLaren team. He stated, “It’s going to be next year, and I’m with McLaren next year, I feel like we’re so close.
“We have a lot more things in place, we’ve got a few new guys who are starting as well, coming from other teams. Now, we’re in the strongest place we’ve been for probably the last 10 years. I feel like we’ve got more things to look forward to next year – we’ve finally got the wind tunnel properly going and so many things which are coming together more than ever. If there’s ever a time in my life, over the last five years, I want to be a bit more confident, it’s probably going into 2024.”