‘Terrible’ for Daniel Ricciardo to Have an F1 Teammate Like Lando Norris: Nico Rosberg

Published 06/25/2021, 6:48 AM EDT
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


Lando Norris has certainly impressed everyone this season after a string of amazing performances. One, in particular, is 2016 world champion, Nico Rosberg, who thinks Norris is capable of winning a world title. But, at the same time, he feels bad for his teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, who hasn’t been able to match Lando’s pace.

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Norris has been able to score points from every Grand Prix till now this season and has even scored two podiums in the process – one at the Emilia GP and the other at the Monaco GP, placing third in both races. However, the same can’t be said for his Australian teammate, who has struggled to make an impact with the Woking-based squad.

Rosberg feels Daniel Ricciardo is at risk against Norris

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The 21-year-old has shown an amazing pace this season and out-qualifying his experienced teammate in every session. Hence, Rosberg feels that Ricciardo is vulnerable as Norris is showing everyone what he is capable of.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Yves Herman

Speaking to SkyF1, as quoted by Formule1, Rosberg said, “It’s terrible to have a car that doesn’t feel quite right. Then you don’t feel that trust. Daniel sometimes thinks ‘wow, that was a great lap’, like in Monaco, and then looks at the lap time and is eight tenths away from Lando.

“That’s when it gets really hard mentally for you as a driver and that’s really not fun,” Rosberg concluded. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Can Austria be where Ricciardo shows his true potential?

At the recent French Grand Prix, the Australian took sixth place, one place behind fifth-placed Norris. Now, the 31-year-old will be looking forward to the Styrian Grand Prix, hoping to build on his improved performance at Paul Ricard.

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Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during qualifying REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Ricciardo is optimistic and knows he can extract the most performance out of the Mercedes-powered car. He looks forward to the challenge that the Red Bull Ring possesses and aims for a good result that can prove his doubters wrong.

What are your predictions for Daniel for the double-header in Austria? Will he fall prey to Lando’s pace or will he unleash his true potential in the eighth round of the championship? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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