F1: Lando Norris backed up to become Formula 1 champion

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Lando Norris has finished on the podium five times in Formula 1 (Photo: Getty)

That is the opinion of two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren driver Lando Norris already has what it takes to win titles.

The 22-year-old made his F1 debut in 2019 and is considered one of the best drivers on the net despite his young age.

The Briton currently has five podium finishes, and last season he was twice very close to winning a maiden victory in Italy and Russia, on his way to the best sixth place of his career in the Formula 1 championship.

He has more than stood up to quality teammates in Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniel Ricciardo, and Fittipaldi – who won the championship in 1972 and 1974, the latter with McLaren – believes Norris can follow in his footsteps.

The Brazilian told VegasInsider: ‘I think Lando Norris has already established itself as what I call a potential world champion material.

‘I was with McLaren in Jeddah [Saudi Arabia]and Zak Brown [McLaren’s team principal] confirmed that they will continue to get better with each race. For the next four-five Grand Prix.

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Emerson Fittipaldi won the F1 title in 1972 and 1974 with Lotus and McLaren (Photo: Getty)

‘McLaren are running strong, but I’m sure they will continue to improve a lot for the Imola Grand Prix.

‘McLaren was without a doubt the most improved team at the Australian Grand Prix. They know how to work within the new rules.

‘In terms of mechanical grip, they improved a lot. The engine has also been pretty much improved.

Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo will be strong again. Undoubtedly. They have the potential to be on the podium in Imola. ‘

McLaren and Norris have had a mixed start to the 2022 season, having looked sadly away from the pace of the opening race in Bahrain before coming over to secure point placements in the next two rounds in Saudi Arabia and Australia.

Norris is currently in eighth place in the drivers’ position and will hope to improve at this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola, Italy.

He has already had a fantastic start and qualified as number three for the sprint race on Friday after Red Bulls Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

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