Lando Norris opens up on mental health struggles in F1 career
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Daniel Riccirado says ex-teammate Max Vertsappen is a better driver than his current partner Lando Norris. The Australian shared his thoughts on who has more ability behind the wheel he prepares for the United States Grand Prix on Sunday.
The former Red Bull racer did express the reason for choosing the Dutchman is that he has more experience than his fellow McLaren driver.
The 32-year-old told EFTM.com: “I mean, I have to say Max, but it’s probably just based off I’ve had more experience with him.
“But I mean, judging by like the last weekend at Imola, Lando certainly raced really well.”
At the Italian GP last month, Ricciardo secured McLaren’s first race win since 2012 and Norris finishing second, capping an excellent 1-2 for the team.
Norris was agonisingly close to securing his first ever F1 win at the following race in Sochi, as he spun out in the closing stages when it began to rain.
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“I don’t know where to start. I’m unhappy, devastated in a way,” an emotional Norris said speaking to Sky Sports F1.
“We made a call to stay out and we stand by that. It was the wrong one at the end of the day but I made the decision just as much as the team. It was more that they thought I should box and I decided to stay out.
“It was my decision, I thought it was the way to go. I don’t think it changes too much.
“I had the confidence beforehand that I was capable of doing it (leading a race) and I’ve felt capable of doing that for a while. So I don’t think that’s really changed. It’s just a bit of heartbreak.
“It was wrong at the end of the day but everything until then the guys did an excellent job. I’m happy with everything apart from that one decision which we’ll review and try not to make again.”
The 21-year-old shared how compatriot Lewis Hamilton consoled him after his nightmare in Sochi.
The Mercedes driver went on to win that race and secure his 100th F1 win in the process.
The youngster told This Morning on ITV: “Lewis did [console me]. Lewis was the one who effectively took the race away from me.
“Coming from a guy like Lewis, he is the guy I watched growing up and it’s Lewis, seven-time world champion.
“So, to hear from what he had to say as he has been through many scenarios, probably even worse in some cases.
“But in my case I guess it feels worse because it’s that first win you really want to get, but many drivers said I did a good job and my time will come, which I’ve heard a lot off but when it comes from someone you’ve looked up to and has been through it, it definitely means that bit more.”
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