F1 2024 Emilia Romagna GP: Driver of the Day

The Driver of the Day award is voted by the fans as they choose the best driver on track at Imola.


Lando Norris was denied the chance to claim consecutive F1 victories at the 2024 Formula Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, but the McLaren driver at least can hold his head high with another Driver of the Day award.

Imola is always a special venue for emotional reasons and on the 30th anniversary of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger’s death, the race didn’t disappoint in delivering high drama.

Despite leading comfortably for the majority of the race, Max Verstappen’s six-second lead was wiped out by Norris, who had found some rhythm in the MCL-44 behind him and closed the gap on the hard tyre in the closing stages.

After starting second on the grid, Norris converted his grid position into 18 valuable points for his team and with it, he was the outstanding candidate for the Driver of the Day award.

Lando Norris during practice for the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP | McLaren
Lando Norris during practice for the 2024 Emilia Romagna GP | McLaren

The 24-year-old secured 31 per cent of the vote to land his fourth gong of the season, with no other standout candidates rivalling him for the prize.

Norris dangerously consistent

It was well deserved too as Norris proved he was no one-trick pony after his Miami drive to claim a 17th career podium finish.

He chased down Verstappen – who had complained of his battery draining – with the pair battling for the lead just like they did in Miami when the Briton claimed his maiden win. It was the third race in a row where Verstappen and Norris had occupied the front two places on the podium.

Ultimately, the straight-line speed of the Red Bull helped Verstappen keep Norris at an arm’s distance and claimed his 59th career victory, although few have been by such a small margin.

Norris also managed to keep Charles Leclerc behind him despite the Ferrari driver’s best efforts on the first lap and in doing so, closed the gap on the Monegasque in the drivers’ championship.

He now has 101 points to his name – putting him only 13 behind Leclerc and four adrift of Sergio Perez.

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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