Lando Norris Showers Huge Compliment on McLaren F1 Teammate Daniel Ricciardo

Published 09/06/2021, 10:16 AM EDT
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 12: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and McLaren F1 and Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 look on from the grid during Day One of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Joe Portlock/Getty Images)


The popular narrative surrounding Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo’s relationship is one of hatred. However, ahead of the Dutch GP, Norris busted these speculations by explaining his growing bond with the Aussie.

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A young fan asked Norris to rate his teammate. Norris jokes about Daniel’s age, which in reality, plays a major factor in the difference in off-track interests. The Brit explains, “He’s into wine and stuff like that so he’s got to that point in his life. He is [very old], in his mid-thirties.”

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Having laughed about the age difference, Norris stated that his getting to know Ricciardo. “He’s a great guy and we get along and we’re still getting to know each other more and more even at this point of the season,” and wishes to continue to do that for the years to come.

Nonetheless, Norris looks at Ricciardo as someone he can learn a lot from; his decade-long experience on the track has a lot to give. “He’s one of the greatest drivers that we’ve seen in Formula 1 and there are a lot of great things about him. So, there’s many things I can learn and take on board and use to help me become a better driver.”

Lando looks to his Aussie partner to learn things on and off the track but shares a very important lesson in Ricciardo’s determination.

Lando Norris shares unseen Ricciardo experiences

Lando Norris continued with his praise for Daniel. Although, Norris revealed his insight into Ricciardo’s struggles this season, and how there’s a lesson in that as well.

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Norris shared his off-camera understanding of Daniel. “Maybe people won’t necessarily see from on boards or cameras or from on TV but, the data and details he goes into, his engineers and things, and how hard he’s worked to make improvements since the beginning of the season; all attributes to a guy who’s been able to win seven races.” 

A solid driver on and off the track, it’s good to see the McLaren duo warm up to each other. After a difficult race in Holland, McLaren lost its P3 championship position; one they will have to fight hard for on Ferrari‘s home ground in Monza.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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