Lando Norris has an accolade that no one can take away – he was first out of the pits to complete the first official testing lap in the 2022 generation of Formula 1 cars. At 9am precisely at the Barcelona track, the McLaren driver led Mercedes’ George Russell out onto the 2.9-mile track under blue, clear skies. That will of course count for absolutely nothing. And it remains notable because this test – and to be clear, it absolutely is one, despite being labelled a ‘shakedown’ by F1 – is the first time the new machines can be properly studied on-track b …

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