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Lando Norris, McLaren
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The impatient pair who’d hoped to be a thorn in Red Bull’s side again

Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris were in a similar boat last year as the pair pushing Red Bull hardest. But now one is hedging his bets on an Aston Martin future, while the other needs his faith in McLaren repaying. With their teams further down the pecking order than hoped, both will need to adopt a trait that racing drivers are unaccustomed to

Aston Martin and McLaren helped prop up a deeply unspectacular Formula 1 campaign for large parts of last year. Aston’s flying start made it the surprise early package, and Fernando Alonso chased the Red Bulls as it became clear that Mercedes and Ferrari had dropped the ball.

But McLaren picked up the mantle when Aston's development path, which attempted to reverse-engineer parts for the 2024 car to fit the AMR23, knocked it well off course. Following McLaren's Austrian GP update, Lando Norris became the second-highest-scoring driver behind only Max Verstappen.

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