Schumacher criticizes Norris for Leclerc similarity

Lando Norris finished second in the 2023 Brazil race and was declared “Drive of the Day,” but former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher is critical of his lackluster performance in qualifications.


– Lando Norris finished second in Brazil for the sixth time in the 2023 season
– Norris was declared ‘Driver of the Day’ by the fans at Interlagos
– Ralf Schumacher criticized Norris for making too many mistakes in qualifying
Max Verstappen has been praised for his performance and for not making mistakes

The 2023 season in Brazil proved to be yet another disappointment for McLaren’s Lando Norris, who finished second behind Max Verstappen for the sixth time this year. Despite being named ‘Driver of the Day’ by fans, Norris was not safe from criticism, especially when it came to his performances in qualifying. Former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher is one of the critics who believes Norris still wants too much in qualifying, as he noted in his column for Sky Sports.

According to Schumacher, Norris reminded him a bit of Charles Leclerc, who often seemed to be making too many mistakes despite excelling during races. In contrast, Max Verstappen’s abilities were praised by Schumacher, who marveled at how the three-time world champion seems to be racing from victory to victory without making mistakes. While Schumacher acknowledged that Verstappen was exceptional, he believed it’s unfair to always compare drivers from different eras. Regardless, he was impressed with Verstappen’s accomplishments and his consistency during the season.

When observing the performance gap between Verstappen and his Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio Perez, Schumacher pointed out that there was a notable difference, further emphasizing how well Verstappen has been doing. After the race, it was clear that Norris still faced a challenge to secure his first Grand Prix win, but whether he will succeed going forward will become increasingly uncertain as the season progresses.

Albert Ramirez
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