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New F1 rising star Lando Norris plays down Lewis Hamilton comparisons

Lando Norris (left) has been compared to Lewis Hamilton (right). Credit: PA

The new rising star of Formula One Lando Norris has played down comparisons with Lewis Hamilton, but admits he'd like to emulate him and become world champion one day.

Norris, 19, has made a big impression in his debut season in F1 and is currently 8th in the drivers' standings.

That early promise has led to some fans of the sport labelling him the "new Lewis Hamilton", with both drivers starting their F1 careers at McLaren.

Despite the praise, Norris insists he wants to do things his own way.

"I'm not like Lewis, we still have our differences," Norris said.

"When he was at McLaren, he was in a winning car and I'm not, but that's my goal. My goal is to try and win races and get on the podium. I want to get McLaren back into a position that they deserve to be in.

"But, Lewis is an awesome driver. I rate him very highly, so if I have any attributes like him, mostly it's a good thing!"

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Norris will make his first appearance at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend after making the step-up from F2.

The race will be held in Northamptonshire for the next five years at least after a deal was reached earlier this week, and Norris says it's great news that it's staying put.

"I would have been very disappointed if this would have been my only weekend here," he said.

"I've grown up watching it and I've seen some awesome races so it's something I've always looked up to.

"I look forward to hopefully coming here a lot more often!"