Lando Norris remains a one-time Grand Prix winner but he could easily have added to that number in recent races and found himself in a serious title battle.

Norris’ third place at the British Grand Prix was the latest race where McLaren would have asked themselves ‘what could have been?’

The 24-year-old could have won five of the last six races but mistakes from the team, or Norris himself, mean he is 84 points behind Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings at the halfway point of the season.

That gap could have been a lot less and Norris rued his race execution at Silverstone as championship leader Verstappen finished ahead of him and Lewis Hamilton took the home glory.

Sky Sports F1 takes a look at how many points Norris has possibly dropped and where things have gone wrong for McLaren.

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Listen in to the cool-down room where Lewis Hamilton offers some advice to a despondent Norris about McLaren’s strategy at the British GP

Safety Car call proves costly in Canada

Norris was leading the Canadian Grand Prix after managing his intermediate tyres well in the first stint and opened up an 11-second advantage when Logan Sargeant crashed.

A Safety Car seemed likely and McLaren had a couple of seconds to bring Norris in for a pit stop when an intervention was called.

However, they sent him around again and Norris got stuck behind the Safety Car while Verstappen and George Russell pitted. The time lost behind the Safety Car meant Norris emerged in third following his pit stop.

Norris nearly overtook Verstappen when the drivers switched to dry tyres, but was forced to settle for second in the mixed conditions.

  • Actual result: 1st – Verstappen (25 points) 2nd – Norris (18 points)
  • Possible result: 1st – Norris (25 points) 2nd – Verstappen (18 points)
  • Points swing: 14

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Max Verstappen and Norris hilariously react to their battle out of the pits at the Canadian Grand Prix

All about the start in Spain

Norris snatched pole position from Verstappen with a brilliant lap in Q3 at the Spanish Grand Prix.

However, he dropped to third after Turn One when he got a slightly worse start than Verstappen and both drivers were overtaken by Russell.

Verstappen quickly got by Russell but Norris was stuck behind him for 12 laps. McLaren offset their strategy to Red Bull which left Norris with an eight-second gap with 18 laps to go.

The Briton crossed the line two seconds behind Verstappen and was left to think about his launch off the line

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Take a look at Norris’ rollercoaster race in Spain as the McLaren driver came so close to his second Formula 1 win

“The car was incredible. I think we were, for sure, the quickest. I just lost it in the beginning,” he said.

“Disappointed. But a lot of positives, one negative, and that kind of ruined everything. I know that. I can just work on it for next time.”

  • Actual result: 1st – Verstappen (25 points) 2nd – Norris (18 points)
  • Possible result: 1st – Norris (25 points) 2nd – Verstappen (18 points)
  • Points swing: 14

Outfoxed in Austria

In the Austrian Sprint, Norris briefly took the lead with a lunge on Verstappen into Turn Three. However, the Dutchman got his rival straight back and Oscar Piastri also slipped by.

Norris admitted he should have defended from Verstappen and, 24 hours later, the pair went head-to-head again.

A rare slow Red Bull pit stop put Norris on Verstappen’s tail and both drivers raced aggressively. On Lap 64, they collided at Turn Three and Norris was forced to retire as Verstappen came home in fifth.

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Norris and Verstappen crash in the Austrian Grand Prix, with both drivers then missing out on P1

Whatever you think about Verstappen’s driving, Norris had several opportunities to make the move but could not get it done.

“I thought it was, as a review, good racing,” reflected Norris in the days after Austria.

“At times, maybe very close to the edge but like we said we’ve spoken about it, we’ve talked about it and we’re both happy to go racing again.”

  • Actual result: 5th – Verstappen (10 points) DNF – Norris (0 points)
  • Possible result: 1st – Norris (25 points) 2nd – Verstappen (18 points)
  • Points swing: 14

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Karun Chandhok and Jenson Button analyse the incident between Verstappen and Norris during the Austrian Grand Prix

Strategy at Silverstone goes wrong

Norris was on course to win the British Grand Prix as he led with 14 laps to go ahead of the final pit stop for dry tyres.

However, he went one lap too long and came out behind eventual race-winner Hamilton then was strangely put on the soft tyres, despite a discussion about using mediums in the build-up to the last pit stop.

Worse still, a charging Verstappen cruised by on the hards on a day where Red Bull had the third best car.

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On the Sky Sports F1 podcast, Rachel Brookes and Martin Brundle discuss McLaren’s British Grand Prix strategy errors that may have cost them victory

“McLaren were in the best position, as they had two sets of the medium-compound tyre,” said Martin Brundle on the Sky Sports F1 Podcast.

“They put it on Piastri’s car and he absolutely flew. If you look at how much he closed in on Hamilton and Norris in the last few laps of the race, Piastri, had he not been disadvantaged with having to stay out to avoid double stacking earlier on in the race, would have been right in there.

“I think the choice clearly was we are going to put the best possible tyre on and that was the medium compound. It was a defensive decision, whereas the mindset should have been ‘let’s go for what should be fastest and we will make it work’.

“They came in late with Lando, who shot past his pit box and it was a slow stop. If you add it all up, it cost them a certain victory.”

  • Actual result: 2nd – Verstappen (18 points) 3rd – Norris (15 points)
  • Possible result: 1st – Norris (25 points) 3rd – Verstappen (15 points)
  • Points swing: 13 points

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Hamilton takes the lead of the British GP, after Norris suffers from a slow pit stop

What could have been for Norris

Since winning the Miami Grand Prix, McLaren have been in contention to win the last six races.

Imola was always going to be difficult to win, despite Norris finishing within one second of Verstappen at the line.

In Monaco, Charles Leclerc delivered a great pole lap as Piastri started second, with Carlos Sainz third and Norris fourth. That was the finishing order of the Grand Prix.

For the first time in his career, Norris is experiencing what it is like to fight at the front every weekend, where the spotlight is bigger and small mistakes have significant consequences.

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Race highlights from Silverstone for the British Grand Prix

“The near misses is, first of all, a point of view of good news,” said McLaren team principal Andrea Stella.

“We didn’t have these kind of near misses until 12 months ago. We need to look at the positives. We need to look at the fact that the team is in condition to be frustrated because we are P3 in the podium [at Silverstone] with the other driver P4. And, once again, the team scored most points.

“So, if we don’t start from the positives, from the building side, we’re going to be the ones that ‘build and destroy, build and destroy’ and we stay always at the same level.”

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Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz reflects on the British Grand Prix

Had Norris won the last four races, which was possible, the title race would look very different.

Instead of being 84 points behind Verstappen, he would be just 26 points adrift with 12 races remaining.

  • Actual standings: 1st – Verstappen (255 points) 2nd – Norris (171 points)
  • Possible standings: 1st – Verstappen (246 points) 2nd – Norris (220 points)

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