McLaren’s Lando Norris Making ready for His Hardest However Finest System One Season
McLaren’s Lando Norris expects 2021 to be the toughest however greatest season of his fledgling System One profession, with a brand new teammate in Australian Daniel Ricciardo, a change to Mercedes engines and completely no excuses.
The 21-year-old will probably be beginning his third yr in grand prix racing having already established himself because the youngest Briton to face on the rostrum after ending third in Austria final yr.
He ended that season ninth general after ending eleventh in his debut yr.
“In many ways it’s going to be the hardest season altogether but I am hoping the best season too,” Norris advised reporters forward of the web launch of McLaren’s new MCL35M automobile on the manufacturing facility alongside Ricciardo.
“The hardest for different reasons and one of them being that I’m the guy with the experience at McLaren so I need to take on a bit more of that role and show how it is done and lead the team in the right direction.
“It’s a bigger opportunity for me to take up that lead and something I will work very hard on.”
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Ricciardo has changed Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who has moved to Ferrari, on the Woking-based crew and Norris recommended the problem for him wouldn’t be very completely different with the driving force change.
“I don’t think it makes it any harder. Carlos is an extremely good driver and there are things Carlos is going to be better at than Daniel and vice-versa,” he stated.
“I don’t believe Daniel is a big step above anything that Carlos has achieved so it doesn’t really change much for me.
“There’s probably more pressure on him because he has been in Formula One for longer,” added Norris, who stated he had absolutely recovered from contracting COVID-19 in January whereas in Dubai.
Norris stated there can be no excuses in his third yr and he must carry out.
He stated he had stepped up in coaching, mentioning that he had additionally modified habits akin to “trying not to have a pizza as often”.
“I am trying to think outside the box and dedicating more time and thinking more than normal to work out what is good for me and push myself to the next level,” he stated.
The season begins in Bahrain on March 28.
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