Norris on Ricciardo: ‘It’s not my job to focus on someone else’

Lando Norris says he has no sympathy for Daniel Ricciardo’s struggles at McLaren this year because he feels he faced the same challenges and handled them better.

Ricciardo will leave McLaren at the end of this season – a year earlier than expected – after the team terminated his contract after just four points in the opening 13 races. Norris admits he has found the team cars unpredictable and difficult to drive, but feels he needs to ensure his own performance lives up to expectations.

“I would hate to say it, but I would say no,” Norris said when asked if he had any sympathy for Ricciardo’s situation. “People will probably hate me for saying it but it’s hard because I never know if I might encounter that in the future with this car or with another team or whatever; so I never want to contradict myself in the future, but I just have to focus on my riding.

“It’s not my job to focus on someone else, and I’m not a driver trainer – I’m not here to help and do that stuff. I’m here to give my best of myself and that’s about it. So it’s hard when people start to expect it’s my job to do these other things – to help and describe this and do that – when it’s is not really the case.

“It’s also the case that if I’m not performing for a few years it can also be the end of my career, the end of my driving in Formula 1, so I have to focus on myself for the majority of Every driver has to adapt to the scenarios they find themselves in and that’s what I feel like I had to do.

“It’s not a car that I could just jump into and feel like I can just flow and perform exactly the way I want. At the start of the year, Daniel outperformed me – in pre-testing. -season and such – and it seemed like he could just naturally come out and drive the car the way he wanted I had to learn a new way of driving compared to the way I used to drive the car these last years.

“So I feel like I had to do some adaptation work and so did he, but I don’t think for any driver you would have to have any sympathy for them because they haven’t been able to do as well of a job.”

However, Norris acknowledges how confusing the McLaren can be to drive in terms of how the car reacts to inputs, requiring what he thinks is a unique approach to understand.

“As a driver, you expect that when you turn the wheel or do certain things, you feel like you know exactly what’s going to happen, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes you brake less and the car turns more or grips more, and other times you brake more and that’s the case too – sometimes it’s very confusing.

“At a particular turn you do it one way, at the next turn you have to drive it a different way – it’s not like every turn ‘That’s exactly how you have to drive’,” this which I think makes it so hard. You have to find the limit at every corner; you have to change your riding style at every turn, anyway.

“It’s probably easier to say for Daniel because he comes from Renault and Red Bull, but as a driver you always have certain expectations that when you steer the car turns that much, and when you accelerate, it does this or the other.” But sometimes it seems a little disconnected, like you expect it to do one thing and it doesn’t quite do it, so you put the throttle or the brake and something doesn’t seem connected , let’s say.

“So I guess you have to adapt to that and make the most of it and make the most of it, and figure out how to drive the car in the best way like that.”

#Norris #Ricciardo #job #focus

Leave a Comment