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(Watch) McLaren and Lando Norris feature in Drive to Survive Season 3 thanks to epic Austrian podium finish

Lando Norris achieved his first F1 podium in 2020 and Drive to Survive Season 3 capture this amazing moment

Lando Norris and McLaren had quite a 2020 F1 season as they featured on the podium. Carlos Sainz also did the same but Norris achieved this feat in the first race of the campaign.

There was a lot of drama attached to this finish by the British star. Norris was a strong fourth coming into the final laps of the race and Lewis Hamilton was far away, more than five seconds of him in third.

LANDO NORRIS of Great Britain and McLaren F1 Team arrives at the track ahead of day three of the 2021 FIA Formula 1 Pre-Season tests at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. Sakhir Bahrain – ZUMAg147 20210314_zap_g147_010 Copyright: xJamesxGasperottix

However, Hamilton was handed a five-second penalty for a collision and Norris had to cut the gap to finish third.

He was outside of the time needed to finish on the podium but a mega final lap ensured history was made.

Norris and the entire McLaren team had to hold their breath for a while. The Brit did get the fastest lap of the race and cut the gap to 4.8 seconds. Euphoria erupted in the McLaren garage and Norris celebrated wildly too.

This was his first podium in F1 and created a platform for a good season.

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Norris is one of the most popular racers in the F1 paddock but the behind the scenes story brings up just how difficult it was to get close to Hamilton.

Norris also couldn’t believe what he had achieved but he became the third youngest F1 driver, at the time, to feature on a podium.

The 2020 F1 season was truncated thanks to Covid-19 but Norris and McLaren will be looking to build on last season.

Lando Norris tests for the McLaren F1 Team at the Pre season Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 14, 2021 in Sakhir, Bahrain Photo by HOCH ZWEI Sakhir Bahrain

McLaren finished third last season. Their drivers, Sainz and Norris, finished sixth and ninth respectively. However, there is a lot of positivity in the McLaren garage ahead of this season.

They are now powered by Mercedes engines and saw Daniel Ricciardo replace Sainz. McLaren looked strong in pre-season testing and it will be interesting to see if they start 2021 with a bang too.

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Saiyed Adeem Karim

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn't easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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