At this point, Stella reiterated the faith McLaren have had in Norris from the very start of his F1 career as he underlined what McLaren would do differently if they were presented with the Russia 2021 scenario today.

“We knew Lando was winning material,” continued Stella, with Norris debuting for McLaren back in 2019. “It was up to us to give him the car to be able to do so and, at the first opportunity, he delivered.

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“We go back to Russia – an important learning as well along the same lines. You review, you understand how you have to improve. That one was very important for the team as well.

“I think the team picked out of Russia more than what actually Lando picked out of that race, because the call should have come from the team to pit in Russia. It was our responsibility in that case, we learned our lesson and we move forward.”

Norris and McLaren will be looking to continue their positive trajectory at this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with the driver and team finishing on the podium in the last two races at the Imola circuit.


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