Lando Norris Faces the Wrath Of F1 Fraternity for ‘Sounding Like An Absolute Arrogant C*ck’ After Frosty Remarks Against Daniel Ricciardo

Published 08/26/2022, 9:30 AM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 26: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 ta during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 26, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

It was never a secret, but the news became official after Daniel Ricciardo made a statement on his social media. The Australian will not be driving for McLaren for the 2023 season despite a valid contract. McLaren and Ricciardo, after weeks of deliberation, decided to mutually terminate the contract.

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Following Ricciardo’s announcement, a host of Formula 1 entities shared their discontent surrounding Ricciardo’s treatment. A lot of drivers even spoke about Ricciardo’s quality and wished him luck for the future. However, most surprising of all was the reaction of teammate Lando Norris regarding Ricciardo‘s situation.

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Ricciardo’s time at McLaren only became harder in the second year after a solitary win in the 2021 season. Both parties tried to rectify the situation. However, nothing seemed to work, as Ricciardo kept falling behind Norris. The Brit admitted he was surprised that it did not work out for Ricciardo given his reputation and race-winning mettle.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 29, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

However, when asked if he sympathizes with Ricciardo’s situation, Norris made outlandish comments. He said, “I would hate to say it, but I would say no. — I’ve just got to focus on my driving, and it’s not my job to focus on someone else.”

“I’m not a driver coach, I’m not here to help and do those kinds of things. I’m here to perform at my absolute best, and that’s about it,” he added.

These comments from Norris have definitely caught everyone off-guard. The two seemed to have an incredible relationship off-track, but Norris’s comments paints an entirely different picture.

F1 Twitter is not happy with Lando Norris’s comments about Daniel Ricciardo

Safe to assume, the Brit angered fans of Daniel Ricciardo with his statement. After his comments, a host of Twitter users felt compelled to pen down their reactions to the comments.

Not just his statement, Twitter users are perplexed by Norris’s timing of his comments as well. Unexpected and early contract termination isn’t nice to begin with, and the comments just add insult to injury.

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The comments definitely did not sit well with Daniel Ricciardo fans as they express their views on the social media platform. The unanimous view of all users expressing their discontent would be support enough for Ricciardo.

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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