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Brown hails Norris for leading McLaren despite 'frustration'

Now into his fifth season in Formula 1, Lando Norris has become the more experienced driver in the McLaren team after being joined by rookie teammate Oscar Piastri for 2023. Zak Brown has explained how the Briton has adapted to this role during some challenging times for the squad.

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McLaren CEO Zak Brown has praised Lando Norris for the way in which he has led the team, despite sometimes being "frustrated" amid the squad's recent challenges.

Norris is now into his fifth season in F1, having made his debut with the Woking-based squad back in 2019, and became the more experienced driver in the team after being joined by rookie teammate Oscar Piastri for the 2023 season.

It has not been a straightforward start to the campaign for McLaren, with the outfit admitting prior to the first race of the year that they were "not entirely happy" with their launch-spec car.

The team failed to score points at the recent Miami Grand Prix but, speaking on the Friday of the weekend, Brown shared positive words for how Norris has handled his role within McLaren in recent times,

Brown: Norris is doing a great job

"It's the first time, he said, he's ever been the the oldest guy in the racing team, and I think it's a great blend of youth and experience," Brown told Sky Sports F1.

"He's doing a great job. The team love working with him. He's been here [with the team] for a long time, even well before he was in a Formula 1 car.

"I remember the first time I brought him into McLaren. I introduced him to Ron Dennis and [said], 'This guy should be in a McLaren', before I joined McLaren. So it feels like family to him.

"Of course, he has days where he's frustrated, just like any of us do when things aren't going our way.

"But he's in it for the long haul and he knows what's coming and the people that are coming, so he's doing a great job leading the team."

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