Lando Norris: My 'boring' F1 races were also my best performances

Lando Norris reckons the F1 races where he flew under the radar were probably his most accomplished performances of 2022.

The British driver was the only representative of a team other than Red Bull, Ferrari, or Mercedes to climb onto the Formula 1 podium in 2022, courtesy of his third-place finish at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

That 'best-of-the-rest' theme continued for Norris throughout most of the season, with the 22-year-old frequently slotting in at the top of the midfield behind the three leading teams - often occupying a type of 'no-man's-land' in the process.

It was Norris' metronomic consistency that helped McLaren keep up their fight with Alpine in the Constructors' Championship, with Norris scoring more than three times the points total of struggling team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, although McLaren would eventually lose that particular battle.

Despite having such an impressive season, on-track driving highlights were surprisingly few for Norris, as the British driver reflected on his best season in the sport to date.

Asked for where he felt McLaren's best race came, Norris picked out Imola amongst his high points of the season.

"I would say Imola because it is the one that we achieved the most in," said Norris, as quoted by GPFans.

"But I don't think we were any quicker in Imola than we were in any other race. Singapore was a good weekend for us as a team (Norris P4, Ricciardo P5). As a morale booster, Singapore was perfect for us."

But Norris freely admitted that 2022 hadn't been as exciting for him as previous campaigns.

"Some of the boring races, where you probably didn't see me on TV were some of my best ones," he explained.

"Texas was a good one, getting Fernando [Alonso] with a couple of laps to go. Some of the boring ones have actually been some of my best races, nailing a strategy, consistency, nailing an A-to-B, start-to-finish.

"I just haven't had as much excitement compared to the last few years."

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