Lando Norris’ McLaren boss admits surprise after F1 star beat Max Verstappen at Miami GP

May 6, 2024

McLaren star Lando Norris soared to victory at the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday and beat three-time champion Max Verstappen of Red Bull by more than seven seconds

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 5: Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren hugs Andrea Stella, Team Principal of McLaren F1 Team in parc ferme after winning his Formula 1 race at the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at Miami International Autodrome on May 5, 2024 in Miami, United States. (Photo by Kym Illman/Getty Images)

Andrea Stella was left stunned by Lando Norris’ victory (

Image: Kym Illman/Getty Images)

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Nathan RidleySenior Sports Reporter

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Even McLaren team principal Andrea Stella couldn’t believe how fast Lando Norris drove to beat Max Verstappen by a whopping 7.612 seconds at the Miami Grand Prix.

Norris, 24, earned his first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix win on Sunday, benefitting from a mid-race safety car which allowed him to pit at the perfect time and chart an insurmountable lead over Verstappen. Red Bull’s three-time world champion was powerless to stop Norris, who drove superbly in an upgraded McLaren.

Team boss Stella was confident that their car would be able to give Red Bull a run for their money but didn’t realise just how good the outcome would be. Speaking to Sky Sports, the Italian engineer admitted: “We knew that the car was quick, [although] it’s a bit of a surprise. But we take it positively and we take it for the future as well.”