Norris: Ricciardo is not going to be tenths faster than Carlos

Lando Norris, Daniel Ricciardo

Lando Norris said that he is not “worried” about partnering Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren next season and is instead excited about the “opportunity”.

Ricciardo replaces Carlos Sainz at the Woking team for the 2021 Formula 1 season, presenting a new challenge for the 21-year-old Norris.

While both are renowned for their sense of humour, there is no doubting their competitive streak either and Norris has now laid down the gauntlet to the Australian.

“It’s a little bit into the unknown because I’ve only had one team-mate in Formula 1, so it’s hard to know what to expect from somebody different,” he told The Race.

“But I rate Carlos extremely highly, as do Ferrari. I don’t feel like I wasn’t going up against anybody competitive and Daniel is going to do something incredible.

“I’ve seen Carlos do many things better than Daniel, but there’s also a lot of things that Daniel probably does better than Carlos.

“He’s a different driver, but he’s not going to be tenths faster than Carlos. Maybe there’s better consistency or better feedback, he’s able to do a better job in qualifying or he’s better at tyre saving, there’s these small things that he can do slightly better in.

“A lot of it is just going to be from his experience of being with a lot of different teams in Formula 1 and at a Red Bull team which has won races lately.

“I can’t wait for the opportunity to learn from someone like that, rather than feel worried or anything like that.”