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Norris: No sympathy for Ricciardo's fight with MCL36 F1

Norris insists that this year’s machine wasn’t for him initially either and that he had to change the way he drives to play at a higher level.

He said he had tried to help Ricciardo by sharing information, but stressed it was not his responsibility in the end to help his team-mates keep up.

Asked if he had any sympathy for Ricciardo’s situation given how tricky the MCL36 was, driving Norris made his position clear.

“I hate to say that, but I would say no,” he said. “People might hate me for saying that.

” It’s difficult because I never know if I’ll be in this situation in the future, whether it’s with this car or a different team, or whatever.

“So I never want to contradict myself into the future. I just need to focus on my driving and my job. It’s not my job to focus on other people.

“I’m not a driving instructor, I’m not here to help with that kind of thing. I’m here to perform my absolute best, that’s all.

” So it’s hard, When people started expecting my work to also start doing these other things and helping and describing this and doing that, when it wasn’t.

“And that’s also true, if I don’t perform well for a few years, it could also be the end of my career, the end of my driving and F1.

” So I You have to focus on yourself most of the time. Every driver has to adapt to the situation they are in, and I feel like I have to. ”

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36

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Norris stresses that he has yet to find the MCL36 easy to drive.

“It’s not a car I’ve just been able to jump into and It feels like I’m just going with the flow and a car that performs exactly the way I want,” he said.

“At the beginning of the year, Daniel was better than me in pre-season testing and otherwise. And it looks like he can go out naturally and drive the car as he pleases.

“I’m just starting to learn a new way to drive a car compared to the way I’m used to driving my car for the past three years. So I feel like I’ll have to do some adaptation work, and so does he.

“But I don’t think you have to feel or have sympathy for any of the drivers on the grid because they didn’t do their job well. ”


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