F1 rivals revel in Lando Norris win for two reasons as Max Verstappen left sweating

F1 rivals revel in Lando Norris win for two reasons as Max Verstappen left sweating

Long gone are the days of the ‘every man for himself’ attitude within Formula 1.

There is a camaraderie between most of the drivers these days – and you’ll struggle to find a more popular man on the grid than Lando Norris. So there were emotional scenes at the end of Sunday’s Miami Grand Prix as the Briton celebrated winning in F1 for the first time.

Fist pumps and hugs with colleagues are common after any driver wins. But even these days it is rare to see drivers congratulate a rival with as much enthusiasm as many of them produced as they spoke with Norris.

To his credit, Max Verstappen put aside his own disappointment to be the first to heap praise on his friend. He said: “I’m very happy for Lando. It’s been a long time coming. And it’s not going to be his last one so yeah, he definitely deserves it today.”

Lando Norris gives X-rated interview after first F1 win and beating Max Verstappen at Miami GP

Max Verstappen shows true colours after Lando Norris upset win at Miami Grand Prix

Norris also got big hugs from Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo, among others. And Charles Leclerc, who finished third, explained why there is so much love and mutual respect between this new generation of F1 stars.

The Ferrari driver said: “I’m just very happy for Lando, as we all want to beat one another. It’s always nice to see the emotions. We’ve all come up together, and we came up through. I saw him in KF3, and from there we always want to make it to F1, and then the first race is special, and he must celebrate it.”

But there is another key reason for everyone not of a Red Bull persuasion to be delighted with the manner of Norris’ victory. The way he put McLaren ‘s upgrades to good use and sped away from Verstappen reminded everyone that the Dutchman is not invincible

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