LANDO NORRIS believes new McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo is suffering from low confidence as he struggles in F1 this year.
Lando Norris believes Daniel Ricciardo loses confidence if his car has problemsCredit: Getty
And the Bristol starlet, 21, reckons the 31-year-old is a “perfectionist” whose self-belief can plummet if his car has problems.
According to Norris, that’s in direct contrast to 2020 team-mate Carlos Sainz, who came three places above the West Country wonder kid in sixth.
Norris told a press conference before Sunday’s Monaco GP: “Daniel is very, very fast when he has a car around him, and when everything’s suited.
“But as soon as there’s a couple of problems, just as most drivers do, he tends to lose that bit of confidence.
“Then you just struggle a little bit more. I don’t think that’s just with him.
“That’s just something that some drivers have more than others. It’s a confidence thing.
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“From what I’ve seen so far, he wants a car that really suits him, maybe that little bit more.”
And of Ricciardo’s prdecessor, Norris said: “Carlos was good at driving a car which wasn’t always that nice to drive.
“And he was very good at that. I think that’s just one of the things I guess I’ve learned at the moment.”
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