Lando Norris silences doubters with first F1 win in Miami GP: “A lot of people doubted me along the way, but today we put it all together”

Lando Norris pointing his index finger in the air with his eyes closed. Photographers in the background
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After a convincing first Formula 1 victory Lando Norris was more than elated. In his 110th attempt the young Briton capitalised on a favourable Safety Car, before laying down a tempo that even Max Verstappen in the all-mighty Red Bull RB20 couldn’t match. Crossing the line first there was no-one in Formula 1 that begrudged the McLaren driver his first Grand Prix-victory.

Talking to Jenson Button after the race he couldn’t temper his enthousiasm, letting out an expletive.

“Oh, wow. About time, huh? Fuck. Sorry. What a race, huh?

“It’s been a long time coming, but finally I’ve managed to do it, so I’m so happy for my whole team. I finally delivered for them.”

Norris couldn’t be anymore proud of himself, his team and of course his mum and dad, who he duly thanked.

“I am [proud]. I mean, the whole weekend’s been good,” he said. “I’ve just had some little setbacks along the way, but I knew on Friday we had the pace, and just a couple mistakes here and there, but today we managed to put it together.

“We put the perfect strategy, it all paid off, so thanks to McLaren, everyone, and I have to give a shout-out to my mum and dad, of course.”

Coming into the paddock this morning, Norris already had a feeling that this was going to be a good day, he told his team over the radio during his out lap.

“I guess that’s how it’s done. Finally. Oh, I’m so happy! I knew it, I knew it when I came in this morning.

“I said: ‘today is the day full of opportunities’. And I nailed it. You nailed it. Thank you so much.”

Leading the statistic for most podiums without a win until now, the Glastonbury-native has had a few doubters of the years, not in the least after he threw away a victory during the late stage downpour in the 2021 Russian Grand Prix. But his loyalty to McLaren proved to be fruitful, finally.

“What do I say to them [McLaren]? I’m just proud, really.

“I mean, a lot of people, I guess, doubted me along the way,” Norris silenced his doubters. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes over my last five years, my short career, but today we put it all together, so this is all for the team.

“I stuck with McLaren because I could believe in them, and I did believe in them, and today proved exactly that.”