However, he made a surprising confession that he was unsure whether he was actually “good enough” for F1. Fortunately, Lando Norris has been able to hold his own to finish 11th in the drivers’ standings.
With this, he added 49 points to McLaren’s tally to secure fourth-place in the Constructors’ championship. Furthermore, the 20-year-old also narrowly edged out Sainz in the intra-team qualifying battle. However, when the season began, it was a completely different story for the 20-year old.
Speaking to Crash.net, he admitted that he was satisfied with how the season turned out for him as a whole. In spite of the self doubt, his performance in the first few races itself, managed to banish all self-doubt.
He said “Coming into the season, I wasn’t very confident with how I was going to do, so I’m happy I kind of proved myself wrong and have done a good job and been able to give myself more confidence and improved as a driver.”
“I didn’t know if I was going to be quick enough going up against a driver whose done four years in F1 in McLaren. And just in F1 against so many good drivers, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do a good enough job every time.
“I just didn’t believe in myself much but already after Australia and Bahrain, I already gained a lot of confidence. It was simply not knowing if I was going to be able to keep up.”
Now, the British youngster will be entering 2020 with McLaren for the second season in a row. This time, his mojo will be full to the brim and he will be eager to deliver a decent performance.