F1 2024 Spanish GP: Driver of the Day

The 2024 Spanish GP Driver of the Day award is voted by the fans as they choose the best driver on track in Barcelona.

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Lando Norris was crowned 2024 Spanish GP Driver of the Day, but couldn’t land the biggest prize of all as he finished agonsingly close to Max Verstappen who took his third successive win in Barcelona for Red Bull.

Norris lost out to Verstappen and George Russell at the start, as the Mercedes swooped into the lead at the first corner and the Dutchman slotted in behind despite being pushed onto the grass by the polesitter.

Verstappen quickly dispatched Russell but Norris took longer to overhaul his compatriot which cost him dear in the final stages of the race as the chase was on before the two leaders.

The Spanish GP Driver of the Day also claimed fastest lap, but it’s his third second-place finish behind Verstappen in four races after taking his maiden victory in Miami.

Imola flashbacks for Spanish GP Driver of the Day

The 2024 Spanish GP finished in the same manner as the Emilia Romagna GP one month earlier, with Norris hammering chunks of time away from Verstappen‘s lead but ultimately unable to get close enough to attempt an overtake.

After Verstappen pitted for a third time, Norris initially looked set to stay out until the end but opted for fresh tyres a couple of laps later and immediately gained 1.5 seconds on the Dutchman.

However, his charge stalled he finished the race two seconds back, with only the fastest lap point for consolation as Lewis Hamilton – another contender for Spanish GP Driver of the Day – completed the podium.

The real damage to Norris‘ hopes for victory came at the start of the race though, rather than the end. Despite his aggressive defence against Verstappen – perhaps inspired by the Dutchman’s own form at lights out, Norris slipped to third as Russell flew into the lead.

“I should have won, I fucked up the start. Car was amazing and deserved more.”

Lando Norris’ team radio on the cool-down lap after finishing second to Max Verstappen

“Not could, should’ve done, I got a bad start that’s all,” Norris said afterwards. “The car was incredible today and I just lost it in the beginning.

“I need to look back and review, I don’t know what I did wrong. It wasn’t like I completely lost out, I just lost a bit to Max but George on the outside had me over.”

However, Norris‘ 19-point haul means he moves into second in the drivers’ championship, 69 points behind Verstappen and two ahead of Charles Leclerc who was fifth in Barcelona.

Adam Dickinson
Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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