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Lando Norris, McLaren, 2nd position, celebrates with Andreas Seidl, Team Principal, McLaren, and his team in Parc Ferme
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How in-form Norris is staking his claim as Britain's next F1 champion

As a highly-rated Mercedes junior, George Russell is naturally billed as Lewis Hamilton's heir apparent where Britain's next Formula 1 champion is concerned. But he may face competition for that accolade from Lando Norris, fresh from a confidence-boosting run to third at Imola, whose rise is being accelerated by his McLaren team’s revival

All three British drivers competing in the 2021 Formula 1 season made mistakes in the recent Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. All were relatively minor in the grand scheme of things, but only one of them didn’t have major consequences.

Lewis Hamilton’s slip as he lapped George Russell had him stuck in the Tosa gravel for the best part of a minute, and he then limped back to the pits for a new front wing. The combined time loss would have put him a lap behind eventual race winner Max Verstappen, and dropped Hamilton behind Verstappen in the championship standings, had he not been able to gain the lap back and then put in a recovery drive to finish second thanks to Russell’s error.

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