Lando Norris missed out on victory in Sochi, but according to Juan Pablo Montoya has proven that he can win races in Formula 1. That will also give Norris a lot of confidence, the Colombian ex-Formula 1 driver thinks.
Montoya, himself a seven-time Grand Prix winner and two-time winner of the Indy 500, explains to Motorsport that Norris has shown ‘that he can get the job done’. “That is also the most important. And it’s a positive thing, that knowledge that you have the Job can do.”
Of course, Montoyta admits, he understands that Norris will be disappointed for a while. “That’s also the funny thing: I know how disappointed he is, but if you look at the overall picture: he has been in the lead, made no mistakes and has been on the podium before. Ninety percent of the grid would love to do what Norris has done.”
Montoya also really knows what Norris is going through, having experienced something similar in his debut year 2001. He then led the way in Brazil and towards victory until, he recalls, ‘Jos Verstappen drove over me’. “Everyone thought I would be pissed, but I was happy. I had overtaken Michael Schumacher and led the way.”
“I thought to myself: ‘I can do this, I really can do this’. When you start to believe in that way that you can get the job done, it just gets easier after that.” Montoya goes on to think neither Norris nor McLaren are to blame for the hindsight wrong decision late to intermediates to go, leading Norris to finish seventh in Sochi.