Lando Norris, the 22-year-old Belgian-British McLaren racer, said before Spa-Francorchamps that he had no sympathy for the struggles his Aussie teammate Ricciardo had been facing off, while he also added that he felt nothing over the 33-year-old’s early-departure from the team.
In factuality, latest remark from Norris came forth just a day after Ricciardo and McLaren had agreed to part ways at the end of this season, however, Ricciardo had still a year left on his contract. Nonetheless, it remains subject to a question on whether Norris’ apathy over Ricciardo situation could be vindicated considering a low-budget McLaren F1 constructor team that might have played a part behind Ricciardo’s performance since his arrival into the team.
However, at this standpoint, Norris stood at seventh in F1 championship driver’s title race with 76 points, while Ricciardo bottomed to fifteenth with just 19 points.
Norris has no sympathy for McLaren-Ricciardo situation
On top of that, at Spa-Francorchamps qualifying on Friday, Red Bull’s Verstappen, Ferrari’s Sainz alongside Perez and Leclerc had ranked as the top four fastest, while Norris finished at tenth and Ricciardo had failed to make it into the Q3.
Meanwhile, adding that he was expecting more from Ricciardo, who has been on a $15 million a year payroll, Norris said, “I guess I'm surprised because when Daniel came into the team everyone expected more. I'm sure himself even, he expected more from himself.
When you look at it that way, yeah I'm surprised. It's not me having a dig or anything but when you look at the results... if you want two people to be at the same level then you're not surprised. It's hard to know when to call it, I guess, which is what they've done.
I hate to say it, but I would say no. People will probably hate me for saying it but it's difficult because I never know if I might encounter that in the future with this car or with a different team or whatever, so I never want to contradict myself going into the future, but I've just got to focus on my driving”.