Norris “excited” by prospect of working with Piastri at McLaren

Lando Norris says he’s “excited” by the arrival of Oscar Piastri to the McLaren System 1 staff for the 2023 season.

McLaren signed Piastri for subsequent season having misplaced religion in Daniel Ricciardo’s capability to rediscover his kind after underwhelming since his swap from Renault in 2021.

Ricciardo did have a contract choice for 2023, however the staff pays it up, releasing up an area for Piastri – who signed a deal the day after the British Grand Prix in July.

Though this was not explicitly for a race seat and was simply to signal for McLaren with Piastri conscious he may have been on the sidelines till 2024 if Ricciardo didn’t go away.

There was doubt about the place Piastri would race as his present staff Alpine believed that they had a contract for the 2021 System 2 champion’s companies, however the FIA’s Contract Recognition Board dominated in favour of McLaren.

With Piastri set to hitch, Norris is wanting ahead to the arrival of the Australian and the way they work collectively.

Norris excited by Piastri arrival

“I am excited to work with somebody totally different,” Norris completely informed

“I’ve had two very totally different, extraordinarily good drivers [Carlos Sainz Jr and Ricciardo as teammates] in my first few years in System 1, so I at all times sit up for working with somebody new.

“I simply hope that they are somebody you may get together with and have some enjoyable with [but] I [also] do not thoughts in the event that they hate me, they usually by no means need to speak to me.

Judging the road with Sainz and Ricciardo

Having raced with each Carlos Sainz and Ricciardo at McLaren, Norris discovered methods to guage the road between being buddies however retaining the ruthless competitiveness.

“It’s a must to get people who find themselves extra ruthless, and on the identical time do not need to be as pleasant,” mentioned Norris.

“I assume there’d be variations between Carlos and Daniel.

“Daniel is only a man you may have a variety of laughs with and also you need to make one another snort and revel in [things]. As quickly as you get out the automotive it is critical. However when you do not have to be as critical, you get pleasure from it. And you’ve got enjoyable.

“With Carlos, a variety of it was going out to play golf and going out generally and issues like that. We’ve a variety of respect for each other. However we’re additionally simply good buddies away from the circuit.

“However everybody is aware of after we’re on the observe, there’s nothing extra that we need to do than beat one another.”

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