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Intriguing ‘the one to problem Max Verstappen’ driver is tipped for F1 2024 | F1

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Max Verstappen’s high challenger within the 2024 F1 season might be Lando Norris.

Ralf Schumacher believes the spectacular McLaren driver might take an extra step ahead and set up himself as the highest contender to the championship reign of Verstappen.

Schumacher additionally thought of whether or not Lewis Hamilton or George Russell might emerge within the title image.

“All of it is dependent upon the automobile,” he instructed the Components For Success podcast.

“Mercedes? If they’re lastly again. They nonetheless should show as a result of you know the way tough it’s.

“They seemed very up and down on efficiency [last year]. So let’s cross fingers that they do.”

However Schumacher insists Verstappen’s nearest competitor might come from the group who took a large step forwards halfway via final season.

“McLaren? Could possibly be potential,” he stated.

“I’m an enormous fan of Oscar Piastri. The one factor is, he nonetheless appears to be a bit weak within the racing pace.

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“I feel he’s wonderful in his qualifying efficiency. He by no means makes a mistake and he’s at all times there, in order that’s nice.

“Lando is a tremendous racer however possibly he generally desires an excessive amount of in qualifying.

“He might be the one to problem Max if the automobile is…”

Norris secured seven F1 grand prix podium finishes final season.

Every of them was claimed from Silverstone onwards, as McLaren benefitted massively from a mid-season improve which, at some levels, took them nearer to Purple Bull than the likes of Mercedes, Ferrari or Aston Martin.

McLaren have tied down their massively promising driver Norris to a brand new contract.

Norris pocketed $15m in 2023, Forbes report.

However together with his new deal, he’s anticipated to shoot larger up the checklist of F1 driver salaries.

His bumper new deal must also fend off potential curiosity from Purple Bull.

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