Lando Norris Explains Using Lewis Hamilton as an Example to Campaign for Mental Health

Published 08/09/2021, 4:29 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and McLaren’s Lando Norris after finishing in first and second repectively Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Lewis Hamilton has always stood up for the right things in Formula One. He never shies away from giving his opinions on the subjects, including inclusivity, sustainability,  and mental health. McLaren driver Lando Norris has also acknowledged the impact of the Mercedes driver on himself and F1 overall.

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Norris states the impact of Hamilton on mental health discussion in F1

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As reported by Motorsport, Norris stated that the seven-time world champion has influenced him in using his platform to speak about mental health.

It’s still something that Lewis does very well because he’s been in it for so long and so on. He’s used his fans, not used in a bad way, but used them to make a change and cause impact and things like that.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny

It’s something which I’ve been able to do with Quadrant, on mental health, with some things I’ve done, plus charities I’ve done on my streams. So I’ve been able to use my fans and help guide them and use them to affect things and hopefully for better reasons than not,” said Norris.

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Norris was quick to mention that he feels more confident this season as he is fighting at the front. He also stated that although he does not fear any driver in F1, he feels the pressure when he sees Hamilton behind him.

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“The fight is with Mercedes, and it’s Lewis, which maybe puts that little more pressure on you,” said Norris.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021, McLaren’s Lando Norris during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix || REUTERS

“I don’t think the fact that it was Lewis changes everything, and it’s like: ‘Oh my God, what do I have to do now?’, but it makes a very small difference, because you know he’s one of the best drivers in the world and ever in Formula 1,” stated the McLaren driver.

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Lando earned the praise of Lewis Hamilton with his performances with the Mercedes driver. Hamilton called Norris “such a good driver” during one of their on-track battles.

Can Norris challenge Lewis in the coming races? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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