Lando Norris says McLaren automotive “suited Daniel Ricciardo much more than it suited me” | F1

Ricciardo will exit the group on the finish of this season and is preventing to retain a spot within the 2023 F1 driver line-up, after being changed by Oscar Piastri.

Norris has continually outperformed Ricciardo this season however insists he has achieved so in equipment that’s unfavourable.

“There have been issues stated that he doesn’t swimsuit the automotive, and everybody thinks that I do swimsuit the automotive and the automotive is made round me and all of that stuff, nevertheless it couldn’t be extra unfaithful,” he stated on Past the Grid podcast. 

“Not that I hate driving the automotive I’m driving now, nevertheless it’s very unsuited to my driving type.

“I might say at the start of the 12 months it suited Daniel much more than it suited me when it comes to the way you needed to drive it. 

“That’s one thing I actually struggled with at the start of the season and I’m dealing with or have tailored to it much more now. 

“I might say [I’ve become] extra nicely suited to it.”

“However it’s removed from a automotive that I might need in a great world. If I needed to go and do the perfect lap attainable and also you give me that automotive to go and accomplish that, it’s undoubtedly not the automotive that I’ve now.

“We do drive in numerous methods, and due to this fact what we request from the automotive is kind of completely different. However certainly not is it anyplace close to extra tailored to me than to him.

“I’ve needed to adapt much more to the automotive. There’s not quite a bit that the group can do for me when it comes to automotive. They simply make it as fast as attainable all spherical. 

“It’s not like, ‘Lando stated this and we’re simply going to do this, and Daniel, we’re not going to do this’. That’s simply silly to ever assume.

“I really feel like I’m driving a fairly related automotive when it comes to traits because the automotive I drove in my first 12 months in System 1. It’s modified in little methods, however nothing I might say now’s extra tailored to me than in my first 12 months of racing.”

Norris backed Ricciardo to discover a new seat for the F1 2023 season: “I believe he’s confirmed in his profession how fast he’s, what he achieved when becoming a member of Crimson Bull, the wins he did — he by no means received a boring race, he at all times received thrilling ones, did it in type.

“He proved it many instances — in Monaco when he needed to ship in qualifying and stuff like that he might do precisely that.

“I don’t must say it. I believe everybody is aware of how good he’s and what he can obtain.”

Norris and Ricciardo are among the many prime earners within the 2022 checklist of F1 driver salaries.

The ultimate 12 months of Ricciardo’s contract was was paid off.

He’ll now think about different alternatives – there are vacant seats at Alpine, Haas, Williams and the chance additionally exists to take a hiatus from F1.

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