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Lando Norris: McLaren driver opens up on emotional maiden F1 win at Miami Grand Prix

Lando Norris became the 21st British driver to win a Formula 1 race after beating Max Verstappen to victory at the Miami Grand Prix: Norris qualified in fifth but took advantage of a Safety Car and showed great speed to hold off Verstappen on Sunday

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Ted Kravitz looks on as the McLaren team celebrate Lando Norris' first Grand Prix win with Ferrari's Fred Vasseur getting involved in the celebrations.

Lando Norris believes his maiden F1 win was a "long time coming" after he won the Miami Grand Prix.

After 110 Grand Prix and an F1 record of 15 podiums without winning, Norris finally stood on the top step on Sunday to become the 21st British driver to win a race.

The 24-year-old capitalised on a timely Safety Car to lead Max Verstappen with 25 laps to go and held his nerve to become F1's 114th different race winner.

"I don't know what I'm feeling! I'm just happy, proud. It feels like it's been a long time coming," Norris told Sky Sports F1.

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Highlights of the Miami Grand Prix where Lando Norris became the 21st driver from the United Kingdom to win a Formula 1 race.

"I feel like we've had many opportunities. We've been getting closer and closer.

"We've never been able to put it all together and today was that day. We've been good all weekend.

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McLaren's Lando Norris dedicated his first Grand Prix win to his family after claiming a maiden victory in Miami.

"As much as we had some setbacks - Friday Qualifying, the Sprint, not the best Qualifying on Saturday, I stayed positive. And that's rare!

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"It all just came together. We were quick all day. I had a good strategy, a good plan. I stayed out of the way of trouble in Turn One because it was very close. I just focused on our race and we were quick.

"Of course, we got a bit lucky with the Safety Car. But even after, the pace was the best on track by quite a long way.

"I have to say thanks to the team. Without this, it wouldn't be possible."

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Lando Norris felt the chance to win in Miami was on as soon as the safety car came out as he knew his pace was good.

Norris: I was confident when Safety Car came out

Norris had the full upgrade package in Miami from McLaren and looked quick immediately from first practice.

However, Norris was on the wrong end of a first corner collision in Saturday's Sprint and qualified in fifth for Sunday's race.

It initially looked like a fight for the win between Verstappen, Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz and Norris' team-mate, Oscar Piastri, but Norris took advantage of the Safety Car, for Kevin Magnussen and Logan Sargeant's collision, before cruising away from Verstappen.

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Zak Brown congratulates the whole McLaren team setup that earned Lando Norris his first Grand Prix victory at Miami.

"As soon as the Safety Car came out. Even before I felt very good. The pace was amazing, the pace was better than Max and everyone," said Norris.

"I was a long way back but knew there could have been opportunities. Hard work turned into luck. It wasn't just luck. Things were going well and that little extra thing helped me out.

"As soon as the Safety Car came out I wasn't like 'Max is going to have me here'. I was confident.

"I didn't do the best of jobs on the restart. I defended into Turn One and from that point on it was fairly straightforward."

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Lando Norris celebrates in style, crowdsurfing with his McLaren team as well as being congratulated by rival drivers.

Driver respect is 'best thing' after win

Norris was initially meant to fly out from Miami after the race, but moved his flight back to Monday, in order to continue the celebrations.

Following the race, he was congratulated by almost the entire field as he celebrated victory with his McLaren team.

"It's incredible. That's the best thing of all, the people you have respect for and the people you race against, when Fernando comes up to you and Lewis comes up to you, those are people I've looked up to since I was I kid," he said.

"The fact I'm racing against them and… they are probably not deep down happy for me, but they are happy for me and I respect that a lot and I'm thankful for that."

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Lando Norris pulls away from Max Verstappen at safety car restart during the Miami GP.

Norris pays tribute to De Ferran

Norris also paid tribute to former McLaren sporting director and consultant Gil de Ferran, who died at the end of last year.

De Ferran offered Norris advice when the British driver getting used to life in F1, after joining the championship in 2019.

"He helped us a lot. He said I was going to win a race in the next couple of years and I managed to do that, so a big shout out to Gil as well," said Norris.

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Sky F1's Ted Kravitz reflects on all the big talking points from the Miami Grand Prix where Lando Norris claimed his first victory in Formula One.

"My dad probably wishes he came here! But this was for my family, not just my mum and dad.

"I've travelled a lot, I spend a lot of time away. They have helped me since the very beginning - my brother, my sisters, my grandparents, it's all for them."

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