As Dutchman Max Verstappen looks set to become world champion for the second time in a row, his friend Lando Norris had nothing but positives words for him.
Verstappen performance has been incredible in 2022: he leads his nearest contender Charles Leclerc by 116 points and registered 11 wins out of 16 races so far this season.
“He’s done [an] amazing [job] – very impressive. Similar to Lewis [Hamilton] in previous years; when you’ve got a car that can deliver and can win races, he’s the one taking his opportunities,” said Lando Norris during an interview with Sky Sports F1.
“Even FP1, FP2, FP3, he’s never under the limit, he’s always pushing the limit. [In] FP1, [with his] first lap of the whole day, his lap times are quicker than what we ever do in qualifying sometimes!
“He’s one of the most talented drivers ever to come into Formula 1, one of the fastest. No doubt he’s going to win his second [title] this year and most likely go on to win a few more in the future.”
Lando Norris and Max Verstappen are very good friends, racing together since karting days in 2013. The British driver, who is only two years younger than Verstappen, is hopeful to be joining the fight for world championships in the not-too-far future, but is aware patience is required during a driver’s journey to the top. In fact, McLaren is struggling to find its spot even among the midfield. Hopefully, they will find their way back in 2023.
“Sometimes, you’ve got to know you might not win a race for one, two, three, five, 10 years – your opportunity might come in 12 years even, or something like that,” he commented.
“I guess it’s frustrating at times, because you feel like you deserve more at certain periods. No matter how much hard work you put in and so on, you have a guy that can have the easiest race, chill for the whole race and win the race, and then there’s you sweating and having the hardest race of your life and finishing P8.
“[I] never [have] hard feelings against anyone else, because they’re probably deserving to be in that position. You just have to have faith that in a few years, or whatever, a few races, you’ll have your opportunity.”