Ex-World Champion Proud of Norris’ First Victory

Lando Norris secured his first Formula 1 victory at the Miami Grand Prix after 110 races, receiving high praise from the motorsport community, including 2009 World Champion Jenson Button, who expressed pride and optimism for Norris’s future wins and potential competition with top teams.


– ‣ Lando Norris achieved his first Formula 1 race win at the Miami Grand Prix after participating in 110 races, marking a significant milestone in his career.
– ‣ Jenson Button, the 2009 World Champion and former McLaren driver, expressed his pride in Norris’s victory, highlighting the challenges and anticipation associated with securing a first F1 win.
– ‣ Norris’s previous near-victory at the 2021 Russian Grand Prix, where he lost the lead due to adverse weather conditions, was mentioned as a pivotal moment in his career.
– ‣ Button emphasized the lasting impact of a first win on a driver’s confidence and career, expressing hope for Norris’s continued success and the potential for more competitive races between McLaren and leading teams like Red Bull.

After 110 heart-pounding races in the high-octane world of Formula 1, Lando Norris did it. He clinched his first race win at the Miami Grand Prix. And oh, what a stellar performance it was! This victory wasn’t just any win. For the 24-year-old, it was the culmination of a journey. A journey that began with a fantastic junior career, leading him to join F1 in 2019. And let me tell you, the praise after his victory was loud. Drivers, pundits, and former champions alike were all singing his praises.

Among the chorus of admirers was Jenson Button, the 2009 World Champion. “Very proud,” he said, reflecting on Norris’s performance. It’s a big deal, coming from someone like Button.

### Button: ‘Lovely to see Norris on the top step’

Button knows a thing or two about waiting. Waiting for that sweet taste of victory. Having driven for McLaren from 2010 to 2017, he waited 113 races before his first win. That win, a memory etched in history, came in 2006 at the Hungarian Grand Prix for Honda. “It’s been a long time coming,” Button shared with Sky Sports after Norris’s win. He knows the struggle, the anticipation. “It feels like forever,” he added, speaking from experience. Seeing Norris on that top step? “Lovely,” he said.

Remember the 2021 Russian Grand Prix? Norris was so close to victory then. But fate had other plans. Wet conditions, a gamble on dry tyres, and a forced pit stop saw him drop to seventh after leading. A tough break, but that’s racing.

But Miami changed everything. Norris’s victory there, according to Button, is something that “sticks with you forever.” Yet, Button believes this win won’t change Norris’s approach. He’s confident, skilled, and a team player. Button’s hopeful. Hopeful we’ll see McLaren and Red Bull duking it out at the front. “It would be amazing,” he muses.

But let’s not forget, the car’s performance is key. Button waited three years for his second win. He’s hoping Norris won’t have to wait that long. Here’s to hoping the next victory is just around the corner. Because, in F1, anything’s possible.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez is a senior writer at F1Highlights.com. With a passion for motorsports, Albert brings a unique perspective to the world of Formula One. With over five years of experience as a sports reporter, he has honed his skills in capturing the essence of the sport.

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