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Lando Norris

McLaren pinpoint where Norris lacks edge to Hamilton and Verstappen

As the saying goes, nothing beats experience, nor that winning feeling. It seems Lando needs more of both.

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McLaren CEO Zak Brown has highlighted the fundamental difference between Lando Norris and rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton when it comes to possessing the edge in F1.

Norris has often stated that to beat Verstappen he needs to be at 100 per cent in every race, but has often found himself one per cent shy.

It was the case in Austria in the sprint race, in particular, where Norris made a superb move into Turn 3 on the Red Bull driver, only to leave the door wide for Verstappen to return the compliment at Turn 4, from which point he cruised to victory.

A week later in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Norris made the wrong tyre call when the changeable conditions saw the drivers switch from inters to slicks.

It resulted in the 24-year-old opting for softs over the mediums. The former saw him fall into Verstappen's clutches and finish third. With the latter he could arguably have beaten Hamilton to the chequered flag.

Offering his opinion as to where Norris stands at present, speaking to media, including RacingNews365, Brown said: "To win the Formula 1 world championship, everyone needs to be at 100 per cent.

"I think Lando is learning every time he is out there. He's got the benefit of one win. Max, Lewis and Schumacher, when you have won as much as they have won, that gives you a lot of experience.

"Lando is still getting that experience of winning grands prix, which I think is great because the only way to do that is to get stuck in there, and I think he's just going to continue to improve.

"As a driver, I think he's perfectly capable of winning the world championship - now. But it doesn't mean he still can't get better.

"I think Max is a better driver today than he was year one, year two of his championship, so I think these drivers continuously refine their game."

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