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How the ‘Shining Beacon’ of F1 Closed the Gap Under the Budget Cap

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F1 undoubtedly stands out as one of the most competitive forms of racing, where mere milliseconds can define the entire grid from first to last. In this arena of razor-thin differences, one team that has recently come into the spotlight after a 12-year victory drought is McLaren, following Daniel Ricciardo’s win in 2022. Prior to that, their last triumph was in 2012, and once again, Lando Norris has proven that they are formidable contenders in the competition.

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Comparing McLaren’s performance from last year, where they finished 17th and 87.7 seconds behind Max Verstappen, to this year, Lando Norris has demonstrated remarkable improvement by finishing ahead of Max Verstappen. This achievement underscores McLaren’s resurgence and their ability to compete at the highest level in Formula 1.

As per the recent post of Will Buxton, he wrote, If you need an example of what can be achieved under the F1 budget cap, @McLarenF1is a shining beacon right now. 12 months ago Lando was 17th in Miami, 87.7 seconds behind race winner Verstappen. An incredible turnaround.”

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F1 Champion Max Verstappen Applauds Lando Norris’s Breakthrough Victory

Max Verstappen
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Verstappen acknowledged Norris’s exceptional performance, admitting that if he had to be beaten, it was fitting that it happened at the hands of Lando. The Dutchman, who is a friend of Norris off the track, recognized the significance of Norris breaking into the F1 winner’s circle.

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Verstappen’s words reflected both sportsmanship and genuine respect for Norris’s talent and achievement. “If I get beaten, it’s great that it has been done by Lando,” admitted Verstappen. He deserves it. It’s been a long time coming and it’s going to be the first of many.

Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, also joined the chorus of praise. He celebrated Norris’s special moment, emphasizing the significance of winning one’s first Grand Prix.

Hamilton, who began his career at McLaren, expressed happiness to see the team back at the top after a long hiatus. Norris’s victory marked McLaren’s second win in the past 12 years, making it a memorable achievement for the team and its affable driver.

READ MORE: Ferrari’s Fred Team Principal Joins McLaren Celebration: Memorable Moment from Miami GP

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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