F1: Can Lando Norris repeat Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren success at British Grand Prix?

Kyle Archer July 14, 2021
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Lando Norris heads to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix on a high after bettering his best points tally in a Formula One season with third place in Austria. But what results have McLaren claimed at their home event in the past?

McLaren are the second-most successful team in F1 history at the British Grand Prix with 14 wins to Ferrari’s 16. But the Woking outfit have not had a driver stand on the top step of the podium since Lewis Hamilton in 2008, on route to that season’s title.

Norris is yet to win a Grand Prix in his Formula One career, but the 21-year-old claimed his fourth podium at the Austrian GP last time out. The Briton sprung a surprise to beat Hamilton to the last step of the rostrum, with McLaren matching Mercedes on raw pace.

McLaren and Norris will be hoping their car is as competitive at Silverstone this weekend as it was in Spielberg. The team has not visited their home podium since 2010 when Hamilton claimed second, just over a second behind Red Bull’s Mark Webber after a late safety car.

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Norris to repeat Hamilton’s McLaren success at the British Grand Prix?

Norris has raced two British Grand Prix in his Formula One career, plus the 70th Anniversary GP at Silverstone in 2020. The Bristol-born pilot took his best result in Northamptonshire at the 2020 running of the British Grand Prix with fifth, after missing out on the points in 2019.

He ended his debut F1 season with a total of 49 points after 21 races, and bettered his haul the following year with 97 after 17 rounds.

However, he is already on 101 points following his podium in Austria, in what was the ninth race of the season and his third rostrum of the year.

Norris is driving brilliantly in 2021, and will now look to repeat Hamilton’s McLaren success by taking the team back to the Silverstone podium for the first time in more than a decade. Hamilton also claimed a top-three finish for the Woking team in his debut season in 2007.

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McLaren’s British Grand Prix winners at Silverstone

Hamilton’s victory for McLaren at the 2008 British Grand Prix ended the team’s brief two-year wait for Silverstone success. Juan Pablo Montoya won at the Northamptonshire circuit with the Woking manufacturer in 2005, ending Ferrari’s run of three-in-a-row.

McLaren had won three-on-the-bounce before Ferrari took control at Silverstone in 2002 with Michael Schumacher. David Coulthard claimed back-to-back home wins in 1999 and 2000, while the Flying Finn Mika Hakkinen secured McLaren’s hat-trick in 2001.

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Alain Prost was McLaren’s last home race winner before Coulthard, with the Frenchman victorious in 1989. Ayrton Senna also won at Silverstone with the Woking brand in 1988. Prost won the 1985 running with the team, as well, while McLaren powered John Watson to the top step in 1981.

James Hunt, like Watson, won his home event with McLaren at the 1977 running. Emerson Fittipaldi also won with the team in 1975 and Peter Revson won in 1973.

McLaren later claimed British Grand Prix victories at Brands Hatch in 1982 and 1984 with Niki Lauda.

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Button’s unwanted Silverstone record

Jenson Button raced in 17 British Grand Prix during the 2009 World Champion’s F1 career, but never reached the podium. The closest the Briton ever got to a top-three at Silverstone came in 2004 for BAR Honda, plus 2010 and 2014 for McLaren with fourth-placed results.

Norris may hope to have a career in Formula One as long as his compatriot’s one day. However, he will be determined to avoid repeating Button’s Silverstone heartache, and could do so at this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

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Kyle is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from Bournemouth University, who has covered Premier League, EFL and European football for a number of years for online publications.