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How McLaren emerged as a surprise F1 threat to Mercedes and Red Bull

McLaren’s established itself as the best of the rest over the last two years, and believes it can be a threat to Mercedes and Red Bull in 2021.
After a hugely encouraging Imola round where Lando Norris showed searing pace in qualifying and banked McLaren’s first podium of the season, the 21-year-old claimed that the team can fight the top two teams when it gets everything right.
Even the team’s former driver Lewis Hamilton is happy about that, saying Norris did an awesome job in Italy and that it was so good to see McLaren challenging at the front.
In this video we explore whether this McLaren step is real, where it’s come from, and why Norris is the one leading the charge.

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  1. Jy Jym

    Jy Jym

    2 napja

    It's the lando effect.

  2. seiom jvony

    seiom jvony

    6 napja

    Lando is highly underrated. He will continue to improve and as the car comes to them will not only score more podiums, but have the chance of winning grand prix

  3. Anthony Marks

    Anthony Marks

    6 napja

    Ahhhhhh, I'm afraid this is misleading! Much as I want it to be McLaren are in no way a threat to Red Bullshit. Lando is a better racer than little Maxie for sure, and although I've been a supporter of Dan, these days he's way too much into being a wanker SJW, and not enough concentrating on racing. He has started to believe his own bullshit. Right now he is definitely not World Champ material. I hope the team makes some big strides, but at the moment they seem to be stagnant

  4. doire aintu

    doire aintu

    7 napja

    Daniel's presence may have caused Lando to snap out of it and bring out the beast in him. There's a more focused energy to him now, he's not as happy-go-lucky as before.

  5. Daniel Tamkin

    Daniel Tamkin

    7 napja

    This channel is awesome.

  6. aola wili

    aola wili

    7 napja

    This season might be a razor-sharp duel between Ferrari and McLaren for third. The advantage might shift between rounds. Looking forward to it!

  7. Scottish

    Scottish

    7 napja

    Lando Norris all the way 🇬🇧

    • doire aintu

      doire aintu

      7 napja

      Norris will be faster.

  8. Shauka Hodan

    Shauka Hodan

    8 napja

    As an Aussie and someone suffering Mercedes domination anxiety, the thought of Danny and Lando taking it to Mercedes along with Red Bull is awesome......

  9. Jason Wheeler

    Jason Wheeler

    9 napja

    Comes as no surprise to this Red Bull fan... I've been saying for months we can't just focus on the Mercs up front, but gotta look out for the McLaren's behind us. Of course, I didn't see Lando outclassing Danny this early... gonna be fun to watch what happens rest of season!

    • aola wili

      aola wili

      7 napja

      It’s about time McLaren got it to get her sweet to see

  10. Sarthak Sharma

    Sarthak Sharma

    10 napja

    Remember what Russel said, "Norris will surprise many people in 2021"

  11. Timsalt3100

    Timsalt3100

    10 napja

    It's good progress I just wonder how it will change in 2022 with new cars and aero regs

    • Shauka Hodan

      Shauka Hodan

      8 napja

      What surprise??

  12. Craig Moy

    Craig Moy

    10 napja

    As an Aussie and someone suffering Mercedes domination anxiety, the thought of Danny and Lando taking it to Mercedes along with Red Bull is awesome......

  13. Hootywho

    Hootywho

    10 napja

    it's almost like having the best engine in the field changes things

  14. Rock girl

    Rock girl

    10 napja

    Only half a tenth off pole if Lando’s time stood and having absolute amazing pace in the race is just showing the even bigger step they made from 2019 to 2020

  15. Jesse Webbb

    Jesse Webbb

    10 napja

    Daniel will come back on top. My opinion.

  16. El Duderino

    El Duderino

    11 napja

    Leclerc was clearly faster though. So lets step back a little and enjoy a great fight between McLaren and Ferrari, like it used to be.

  17. Adam Smith

    Adam Smith

    11 napja

    I'm sorry.... I must be watching a different sport, the one I'm watching McLaren is zero threat to the 2 frontrunners. They might pick up a podium once in awhile, but is that threatening to Merc? lol per usual, click bait titles with incorrect information.

    • Adam Smith

      Adam Smith

      10 napja

      @Rock girl and they are still the third place team... by alot. So I ask again, how are they a threat to Merc or Red Bull? If both Merc's and RB's have a "normal" weekend, McLaren finishes 5/6, by half a lap or more.. that is not a threat

    • Rock girl

      Rock girl

      10 napja

      2020: 3rd placed team 2021: and now with a Mercedes engine...

  18. VRE - Vincent Racing Experience

    VRE - Vincent Racing Experience

    11 napja

    Sucht euch ein Hobby!

  19. Will Mac

    Will Mac

    11 napja

    Quite a fascinating season thus far.. only the mentally fittest will survive

  20. Matt Bolt

    Matt Bolt

    11 napja

    Also remember it was in wet conditions. We need to see the performance in normal dry conditions really. I still think Mclaren are slower than RB and Merc. They are in between the midfield and the front runners in a Class B class of their own...Class B plus? Hahaha

  21. Un Thenner

    Un Thenner

    11 napja

    Hamilton back to McLaren.

  22. lalin96

    lalin96

    11 napja

    Norris will be faster.

  23. Esbejay

    Esbejay

    11 napja

    I believe Lando & Russell have the potential to become the new GOATS of the younger generation of drivers.

  24. Nunzi Mancini

    Nunzi Mancini

    12 napja

    It’s about time McLaren got it to get her sweet to see

    • Nunzi Mancini

      Nunzi Mancini

      12 napja

      Together

  25. Caleb Kirby

    Caleb Kirby

    12 napja

    The fight for 3rd should be a good one. Ferrari vs Mclaren looks to be a slobberknocker.

  26. Boterham met Pindakaas & Hagelslag

    Boterham met Pindakaas & Hagelslag

    12 napja

    What surprise??

  27. The Engineer

    The Engineer

    12 napja

    I was shocked at McLaren's pace. Overlook them at your peril. Lando will cause lots of disruptions. I love it!!!

  28. Tony Kennedy

    Tony Kennedy

    12 napja

    I've supported McLaren consistently since the late 90's, I'm so happy to see their upward trajectory paying off and the results starting to come

  29. Davide Loi

    Davide Loi

    12 napja

    Get to the point man....

  30. Twin Turbo

    Twin Turbo

    12 napja

    This year.......no they are not a threat to Mercedes nor Red Bull

  31. vike fon

    vike fon

    12 napja

    Daniel made the right move !!

  32. Herbert Ackermans

    Herbert Ackermans

    13 napja

    2020: 3rd placed team 2021: and now with a Mercedes engine...

  33. monster289

    monster289

    13 napja

    I think Norris will continue to get stronger and stronger. I saw talent in him once he arrived on the scene. To me, it seems he can extract 101% out of the car without overdriving it. The problem right new is that Hamilton gets about 102%, and Verstappen gets 103% out of his car.

  34. Chris Ploos

    Chris Ploos

    13 napja

    If bottas keeps dropping the ball lando vs bottas might happen at certain tracks

  35. rustler08

    rustler08

    13 napja

    The real reason: because F1 has made it so no one can have real innovation.

  36. soiung toiue

    soiung toiue

    13 napja

    all i want is to see danny ric do as well as he did at red bull :(

  37. Infernodotdash

    Infernodotdash

    13 napja

    7:05 THEY MADE MAZEPIN SPIN LMAOOO

  38. Mark Broadheaf

    Mark Broadheaf

    13 napja

    Looking at the comments it seems the usual divisive nature of the retorts eliminates any intelligent and meaningful discourse, albeit with the odd exception. Lando has managed to learn and improve with every season. His raw pace is certainly there, he more than matched Sainz on balance in quali and even if Ricciardo is not fully up to speed, has comprehensively outpaced him so far, excluding the slight anomaly of Q3. What is beyond any doubt is the technical complexity and the challenge of maximizing the performance of this current generation of hybrid cars. I would fully expect Ricciardo to improve, he's still a top line driver in my view and its very early days. However, he undoubtedly knows now that he has a tough nut to crack in Norris, anyone who can read body language will see that, coupled with his guarded optimism pertaining to his own performance levels. As for Sainz, I think it will be very close with Leclerc over the balance of the season. All of which bodes well for the future of F1.

  39. Luiz Eduardo Guida Valmont

    Luiz Eduardo Guida Valmont

    13 napja

    So glad to see McLaren on the podium on merit. Really happy for them. Lando is a hell of a driver.

    • soiung toiue

      soiung toiue

      13 napja

      and good strategy there's your formula

  40. Joel Nawty

    Joel Nawty

    13 napja

    Feel sorry for Riccardo. So seemed like they threw him in gutter. Even commentators were bit shocked he got told to let Norris through. When it comes to Dan you know he will not wreck the car or lose position. Being told to give up position just so another driver could prove his worth was harsh. Would be fair to say Dan had to give up a podium finish.

  41. Scunther MLP

    Scunther MLP

    13 napja

    How was this a “surprise”? They were doing good in 2020 and it was to be expected they would get a lot better for 2021, especially because they ended 3th in the 2020 championship.

  42. Dalibor G

    Dalibor G

    13 napja

    McLaren in 2021. should at least be what Racing Point should have been in 2020.

  43. TheStol

    TheStol

    13 napja

    I'm calling it now, there will be atleast one race of both Mclaren drivers on the podium this season

  44. Jack Straughan

    Jack Straughan

    13 napja

    Norris > Leclerc and Sainz

  45. Soham Mhatre

    Soham Mhatre

    13 napja

    Finally people are looking at Norris for the driver he is unlike some who only look at him as the meme king joker of F1 and others who don't take him seriously for that.

  46. Dangalf

    Dangalf

    13 napja

    They got a Mercedes engine. The End

  47. Graham Serle

    Graham Serle

    13 napja

    Let's face it, we are all crystal balling and only time will tell. However, this I do know. Jumping into a new car takes a little time to become familiar with its limitations and with the limited testing we do now it has been easier for Norris. Add to that the factor that Norris knew who he was up against in Ricciardo and no doubt was driven to lift his game. It's been a win win for McLaren having Daniel but don't be fooled into thinking he's lost anything. When he's a one with the limits of that car he will be as competitive as the car allows him to be. I wish then both well and every success because F1 desperately needs another contender right now.

  48. TerrorMau5

    TerrorMau5

    13 napja

    Not a threat tho more like a future threat not now. In the race of bottas and perez keep doing what they should, mclaren should be happy with a car on p5.

  49. Don Lee

    Don Lee

    13 napja

    surprise? last year Mclaren was already nipping at the heels of red bull and Mercedes. With a proper engine, it's a car that can win.

  50. eddymacker

    eddymacker

    13 napja

    LANDO!!!

  51. interests

    interests

    13 napja

    Who relentless here?

  52. Santiago Remedi

    Santiago Remedi

    13 napja

    8:10 Do you think Norris can keep up this form once Ricciardo is on top of the McLaren? FRIGGIN YES IN THE HELMET AT THE CENTER OF THE SCREEN LOOOOOOOOOL

  53. Uche Oji

    Uche Oji

    13 napja

    I'll tell you what, tomatoes are fruits.

  54. Arturo Perez

    Arturo Perez

    13 napja

    Lando is 24/7 on the simulator and also in really good shape. I'm not surprised about his improvement at all. I really think it's that simple for him. McLaren makes a better car and good strategy there's your formula

  55. Jet Raw

    Jet Raw

    13 napja

    Hahaha...holy sheep now Mclaren is a contender after the last race...lol

  56. Iemand dat kan

    Iemand dat kan

    14 napja

    A threat to redbull and Mercedes? Keep snorting cocaïne m8

  57. Tower Bridge

    Tower Bridge

    14 napja

    McLaren will be Lando’s team, Daniel is becoming a bit of a journey man driver, roll on 2023, with Lando continuing to be number one at McLaren, Russell, number one driver in Mercedes and Max at Redbull, the next generation ruling F1, accept for Alpha, who’ll still have a resurgent Kimi 😬

  58. William S

    William S

    14 napja

    Lando Norris is one of the most exciting drivers in the current season. Nice content!

  59. HonRitchie

    HonRitchie

    14 napja

    Lando is inform. It’s going to be a fabulous by the end of the year to see how it unfolds. I recon Ric will need another race or two then the excuses will get harder to justify.

  60. Jon Nerheim

    Jon Nerheim

    14 napja

    I just can’t understand that the 26 seconds behind Leclerc which was gifted from the Safetycar isn’t mentioned. Ferrari are as fast as McLaren, or at least there about.

    • Jon Nerheim

      Jon Nerheim

      14 napja

      During the intermediate stint both Sainz and Leclerc were much quicker than McLaren. Super biased English video. I’m quite disappointed.

  61. Edward Brown

    Edward Brown

    14 napja

    The fia should jek The car McLaren has to much street line Speed

  62. johnmiceter

    johnmiceter

    14 napja

    Im Aussie, so of course I like Riccardo. But I do think he has a big challenge in front of him since Norris isn't just outperforming him a little bit, but by A LOT. So Riccardo definitely has to lift his game by a lot and I think this will lift both drivers and therefore help the team to definitely push for podiums each race.

  63. y1521t21b5

    y1521t21b5

    14 napja

    *Great to see what feels like the long-awaited awakening of this slumbering giant!* _Countdown to their sexy diffuser being copied..._ ;-)

  64. Maxitsu24

    Maxitsu24

    14 napja

    Mercedes does not use DAS, maybe thats also a reason for a bit less performance?

  65. bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiu

    14 napja

    people on each team are happy for each other.

  66. Frank Nicholas Dale

    Frank Nicholas Dale

    14 napja

    McLaren are the dark horse coming into the forefront, the combination of the two driver will prove to be a thorn in the side of many teams, go boys

  67. Billy's Subies and Snow Show

    Billy's Subies and Snow Show

    14 napja

    I'm not surprised!! It's Mclaren!! Not Hass lol

  68. Ian T.

    Ian T.

    14 napja

    let's hope they will give same car to Ricciardo - this lando norris pretty immature yet

  69. frank pizzo

    frank pizzo

    14 napja

    Where's zax brown?

    • bocoy noiu

      bocoy noiu

      14 napja

      to allow for a Red Bull Honda constructors and drivers championship win. Sometimes, it seems like they can barely pull away from Scuderia AlphaTauri and Ferarri right now.

  70. michael lavery

    michael lavery

    14 napja

    Just imagine the gains if they reverted to the something resembling the old silver livery.

  71. Cameron Cumming

    Cameron Cumming

    14 napja

    Cane picture 3 British drivers on podiums in the future? (Russell, Hamilton and Norris)

  72. alan jenkins

    alan jenkins

    14 napja

    Two words. Mercedes engine.

  73. Neil Ritchie

    Neil Ritchie

    14 napja

    You guys seem to jump the gun a lot.

  74. Tim Annear

    Tim Annear

    14 napja

    Norris is quick not Ricciardo! Lando will be successful but their other driver needs to grow up, ditch the comedian gig and try to be a good racer.

  75. Ashish Basu

    Ashish Basu

    14 napja

    Lando has been the one to watch since his debut in Melbourne 2019. He was very very impressive indded

  76. अमित त्रिवेदी

    अमित त्रिवेदी

    14 napja

    Ferrari engine still has a deficit

  77. TORTH

    TORTH

    14 napja

    Its hard for me to tell who will be better in future out of Norris and Riccardo however i think Riccardo will be very strong when he gets used to the car

  78. Max T

    Max T

    14 napja

    I am black, all lives must matter equally always ❤️

  79. Think Methodically

    Think Methodically

    14 napja

    honestly it is really hard to say who will be the better driver for mclaren

  80. Kyle Long

    Kyle Long

    14 napja

    I'd like to think the mclaren t-shirt I bought financed that little bit of cfd to make them faster

  81. Dennis Andersson

    Dennis Andersson

    14 napja

    Goes to show that great management and attitude goes a long way!

  82. Dreamy_

    Dreamy_

    14 napja

    McLaren as a strong surprise threat to Mercedes and Red Bull? Man I hope so, would be nice to see McLaren take podium finishes away from Mercedes and Ferarri consistently to allow for a Red Bull Honda constructors and drivers championship win. Sometimes, it seems like they can barely pull away from Scuderia AlphaTauri and Ferarri right now.

  83. MARK BILODEAU

    MARK BILODEAU

    14 napja

    Lando is the one 👌👌👌

  84. KAMiKAZOW

    KAMiKAZOW

    14 napja

    Big respect for handling rebuilding the back of the car for the new engine so well. I was very cautious before and didn't share the enthusiasm. Glad to be proven wrong.

  85. Jabid21

    Jabid21

    14 napja

    Now we got Orange Mercedes nipping at the heels. FYI I'm kidding. Been rooting for McLaren since Zak Brown.

  86. Siim Tõkke

    Siim Tõkke

    14 napja

    Ric had a much better second half of the season last year, so I would not count him out just yet. But Norris is used to McLaren, plus he is making development leaps every year.

  87. vlad sumrakie

    vlad sumrakie

    14 napja

    they can fight with RB and Merce. But not with Hamilton and Verstappen. Imola showed how far this two compared with everyone else.

  88. Garry Cohen

    Garry Cohen

    15 napja

    AlphaTauri : Hey.. You forget someone..

  89. xflynskywlkr27

    xflynskywlkr27

    15 napja

    Mclaren were 3rd best in imola you say? Leclerc was in 3rd place, some 20s ahead of norris just before the red flag. You can make a better case for ferrari being 3rd best in imola then mclaren. Mclaren will finish either 3rd or 4th in the constructors this year, well behind merc and redbull. In now way are they a realistic threat. If you want to talk about 2022 then thats another story.

  90. TheSoulGamer's

    TheSoulGamer's

    15 napja

    7:06 watch Mazepin spin tho HAHAHA

  91. Derek Warren

    Derek Warren

    15 napja

    Something just happened that's going to make this an amazing year for McLaren - Keep watching and fingers crossed

  92. Questchaun

    Questchaun

    15 napja

    Humm when your f1 rules span 4 years... 2021 the gaps will come back.

  93. HRISHIKESH H

    HRISHIKESH H

    15 napja

    7:07 I see what you did there 👀

  94. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuyt

    15 napja

    underated imo. He challenged George for the F2 title so you can't rate him and not Norris

  95. Miles Rains

    Miles Rains

    15 napja

    Good God, these cars are ugly. Formula 1 has become a clown show without equal.

  96. DMD

    DMD

    15 napja

    Merc is already 3rd best car. Don't Look at Hamilton. And where are all the it's the car people gone? Max... It's the car. Lando...it's the car. Lewis..... It's the car?

  97. Hittrewweuy Z

    Hittrewweuy Z

    15 napja

    They are not a threat at all , you didn’t see the race? They are still far far behind 😂

  98. Jlws _117

    Jlws _117

    15 napja

    I think it’ll b a pretty close fight between Lando and Daniel. Gives me flashbacks to when he had Verstappen as a teammate

    • vbddfy euuyt

      vbddfy euuyt

      15 napja

      years.

  99. HERI RIOS

    HERI RIOS

    15 napja

    Yes.

  100. Apis4

    Apis4

    15 napja

    I see a lot of people in other videos lately, when McLaren comes up, writing of Ricciardo, saying that Lando Norris has shown he's only a mediocre driver. In Imola, when it was needed in Q3, however, Ricciardo pulled out a 1.5..almost... second improvement. Not tenths, a second and a half. THAT should make people understand what the guy still has in him. I certainly took note, and am surprised so few other people seem to have. Ricciardo took time at Renault too, and look what he did there ultimately? He was the difference maker. He was the reason they improved so much, and finally bagged those podiums. Cyril himself said so. Said that Ricciardo was the one who made them change things they were loth to, improve things faster than they had planned. If he walked in there and said 'do X Y Z" and it HAD NOT worked, that would say something..... but it DID, and says something else. So no, I think Norris is doing well and has improved immensely, but I do not think that he can keep it up, in terms of the difference between Ricciardo. Once Ricciardo can feel comfortable with 1.5 second improvements per lap, as a general improvement per lap per race, he'll close the gap. I would not be surprised, if whilst still trying to find that, and perhaps not improving until mid season, Norris beats Ricciardo, but it will be CLOSE..... *IF* that happens. Though to be honest if Ricciardo gets his zone on within the next couple of races, I think he'll haul in Norris. THAT said.... many of us ARE looking at his history, to see plenty of evidence Ricciardo WILL absolutely, find his form and be quick again. Whilst I say that is more than justified, given his history and what he has shown... this is a guy who says 'Sorry guys, yeah, my bad, I'll just drive faster"....when given a time penalty.... and then DOES outdrive the thing........ well.... nevertheless we might have to consider we're wrong. Ricciardo is done. Washed up. Lost it. On his decline. An also ran. ..... ....and in THAT case, it is going to be so awesome that Norris seems to be on top the car, and that the car is so good. That is to say, that if Ricciardo for some reason is done, and never comes back, does not come good, it's going to effect McLaren a LOT less than Alpine if Alonso, or Aston if Vettel, do not come good, you know (though I think Ricciardo will find form, and indeed, find it faster than Vettel, or even Alonso)?

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