F1's managing director Ross Brawn has heaped praise on McLaren's Lando Norris stating that the Englishman's performance over the course of this past weekend's Portuguese Grand Prix was "very impressive."
Norris who currently lies third in the driver's standings added another top-five finish to his impressive start to the 2021 season. His performances, especially when compared to teammate Daniel Ricciardo, have garnered praise from several within the paddock with Brawn being the latest to trumpet the English driver's strong start to the season.
"When Daniel Ricciardo joined McLaren, many were expecting him to emerge as the driver to lead the team forward into the future – but his team mate Lando Norris has been the one to beat so far this year," Brawn said on his column for F1.com.
"While his team mate struggled in qualifying, Lando got the car into the top 10 and then secured a big haul of points on Sunday afternoon, ensuring McLaren continue to ride high in third in the constructors’ championship.
"It was a very impressive performance."
The former Ferrari man also had words of encouragement for F1 rookie Mick Schumacher, who seems to be making the most out of a tough situation at Haas.
"It’s clear the Haas is not one of the most competitive cars on the grid, so Mick Schumacher knew what he would be facing in his rookie season," Brawn explained.
"But you need to do what you can with what you have – and the little moments count, such as today, when he heaped the pressure on Nicholas Latifi and forced him into a mistake to take the position.
"This was certainly a good demonstration of his potential."