I’m still not Lewis Hamilton

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British McLaren driver Lando Norris is one of the most exciting upcoming stars in F1. The 22-year-old had one of his strongest seasons so far, especially in the first half of F1 2021. He was even named the most popular driver on the net, only second only to Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen, according to a recent F1 survey.

Although the young talent has surpassed seven-time WDC winner Lewis Hamilton in terms of popularity, according to the survey, Norris believes he is still far from matching the seven-time WDCs (World Drivers’ Champion) on the field.

Here’s what the young Briton had to say about Lewis Hamilton, as reported by ESPN:

“I’m still not Lewis Hamilton. I’m not a seven-time world champion and known for many other things that he is. He’s also popular outside of Formula 1. I would not say I’m near that level.”

Hamilton has demonstrated his respect and admiration for Lando Norris on several occasions and applauded him for his hard work. He also admitted that he himself was not as young as Norris when he made his F1 debut.

Lewis Hamilton’s response to Lando Norris: “Honestly, no one and certainly not you. That’s a broader point I’m talking about.” You’re doing a great job. I was not a teenager when I came here. “# SkyF1

The two sensational drivers, who both represent the UK, have previously delivered some brilliant performances and some exciting matches against each other this season.

Lando Norris’ unsurpassed social media game

Lando Norris’ massive presence on social media across platforms such as Twitch, Instagram and Twitter has undoubtedly contributed to the young driver’s unrivaled popularity, especially among the younger generations.

With as many as 4.4 million followers on Instagram and over a million followers on Twitter as well as Twitch, Norris has an extremely strong commitment with his fans. But it is his active presence on the streaming platform Twitch that really sets him apart.

Through the use of social media, Norris has marketed itself as a bright, relatable and easy-going young racer. This along with Netflix’s docu-drama series Run to survive, has played a massive role in humanizing F1 and bringing in a larger audience.

Edited by Sandeep Banerjee


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