F1 Twitter Salutes Lando Norris as He Opens up About Mental Health Issues in His Debut Season

Published 10/04/2021, 10:07 AM EDT
Motor racing – Formula One – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris arrives at the circuit REUTERS/Anton Vaganov


Although he’s just 21 years old, Lando Norris has already become one of the most popular figures on the F1 grid. Since he joined McLaren in the 2019, the Briton has seen the team evolve from struggling at the back to heading the midfield today.

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Recently, Norris appeared on British television show ‘This Morning’. During his time on the show, the McLaren driver talked about his struggles as a youngster in the sport, which received praise from millions on social media.

Lando Norris garners praise from fans for speaking about mental health

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Norris appeared on ‘This Morning’, where he took part in an interview with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. In the interview, Willoughby asked him about the pressure that F1 drivers like himself face regularly, which he answered by mentioning his own struggles.

He said, “I guess people, when they just watch TV, don’t realise many things what the driver goes through. And especially at my age, coming into Formula 1 at 19, there’s a lot of eyes on you. So, dealing with all these kinds of things took its toll on me.”

Norris also mentioned he deals with self-doubt whenever he puts in a session in which he didn’t fare well. “If this goes wrong, if I don’t go out in the next session and perform, then what’s going to happen? What’s going to be the outcome of all of this?

Am I going to be in Formula 1 next year? If I’m not, what am I going to do? Because I’m not really good at many other things in life. So, just all of that and then, just feeling depressed a lot of the time. If I have a bad weekend, I just think, ‘I’m not good enough’ and things like that when they start adding up over the season.”

Norris’ words drew praise from many on social media, with Twitter playing host to heartwarming reactions. While some complimented him for being open, others appreciated the words he chose.

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Can Norris bounce back after Sochi heartbreak?

The 21-year-old led the Russian Grand Prix for a majority of the race, only to lose it all in the final few laps. With rain pouring down, Norris’ failure in switching to intermediate tires cost him his maiden F1 race win, as Lewis Hamilton made history by winning his 100th.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris is seen before the race REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

However, he displayed McLaren’s capabilities, and his own to challenge the front of the grid for podiums and race wins. With the next race in Istanbul this weekend, the Briton will look to bring home more points for McLaren.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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