Norris sends challenge to Russell – “Hope we get to go wheel-to-wheel”

McLaren driver Lando Norris sent a challenge to Mercedes’ George Russell, saying that he hopes they end up racing in 2022.

Norris and Russell have history all the way back to Formula 2. The British duo were title contenders in the 2018 F2 championship, which the latter ended up winning. However, Norris jumped his friend in F1 development when he was signed by McLaren as opposed to Russell joining Williams.

The two drivers never properly raced each other during their time in F1. However, with Russell joining a top team in Mercedes, one can expect the youngsters to do it, something Norris wants in 2022.

Norris sent a challenge to Russell regarding racing him and his new Mercedes in his McLaren, and explained how that would help his own season.

“First of all, I hope we get to go wheel-to-wheel,” he said, as quoted by Planet F1.

“If we go wheel-to-wheel then I think we’ve had a good start to 2022. Or he’s had a bad one!

George Russell speaking with Lando Norris. Russia, September 2021.
Russell (facing) with Norris. Source: planetf1.com

“I think, of course, we will be optimistic and hope we can start the season well, and (hope) we can be closer to Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull, I guess especially those final two.”

Looking forward to speed

When asked if he fancies McLaren’s chances to take the fight to the top, Norris said, “Time will tell.

“I don’t think anyone really knows where anyone will be at the beginning of the season.

“But we’ve definitely got some ground to make up and it won’t be easy – although it’s new rules and everything – to make up all of it this year.

“If I’m racing George then we are racing Mercedes, and if we are racing Mercedes then I think we’ve had a good off-season,” he concluded.

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