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Norris calls out 'SILLY' critics over F1 star

Norris calls out 'SILLY' critics over F1 star

Norris calls out 'SILLY' critics over F1 star

Sheona Mountford
Norris calls out 'SILLY' critics over F1 star

Lando Norris has defended a fellow Formula 1 star who has been labelled as ‘underrated’ in their career.

The British driver stepped onto the podium for the first time this season at the Australian Grand Prix after finishing third.

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Despite the achievement, the McLaren driver has earned the unfortunate record of the most podiums without a race win.

Norris celebrated his 14th rostrum alongside race winner and former McLaren teammate Carlos Sainz, who overtook Max Verstappen on lap two to take the lead.

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Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Australian GP 2024

Norris labels Sainz critics as 'silly'

Sainz will lose his seat in 2025 to Lewis Hamilton, even though he is the only non-Red Bull driver to win a race since 2022.

When asked whether the Spaniard was underrated at the Australian Grand Prix, Norris came to his defence.

“There's no reason anyone should think he's underrated," he told the media.

"I think for the people who know him, know what he's capable of doing, know his effort level, his approach and dedication to wanting to be one of the best, exactly like he's proved today, and over the last couple of weeks.

“I'm sure you have plenty of drivers who probably wouldn't have tried as hard and dedicated so much of their time and effort to trying to recover and get back in the race car. And I think that's just one example of it," Norris continued.

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Carlos Sainz Australian GP 2024

“But for the people who know what he's capable of doing, you would never ever say he's underrated. And yeah, of course, results are always a bit of a point to show and people on the outside just easily judge things from what you see on TV.

“But when you've worked with him, when you know what he's capable of doing, and when things click, they click very well and he has performances like he does this weekend.

“And I would say all year, he's proved to be a step up from maybe what he has been last year. Yeah, you're silly if you underrate him.”

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