Lando Norris seems to be the only driver in the 2021 Formula 1 season who has managed to score points in each of the nine races so far. Having completely out-raced and outperformed his teammate Daniel Ricciardo in every race, the British driver has earned the praise of everyone. The latest of his accolade came when he fetched P3 at the Austria Grand Prix, which evidently made him earn the praise of the Honey Badger.
While he has struggled to adapt to his new car, the Brit has been excellent, finishing on the podium in a third of the races and being one of the drivers of the season thus far. The Aussie believes that, in his third year on the grid, his team-mate is making a big step up, and says he and former team-mate Max Verstappen did the same.
What Was Said by Daniel Ricciardo on Lando Norris
“I came in and he showed that he’s got skill and talent, I do think as well this year he’s made that third-year step,” Ricciardo said to Channel 4.
“I did it at Red Bull, I think Max did it as well, kind of cleaned up some of his mistakes in year three and then really rose to his potential, and I think Lando is doing that now. So I for now just have to tip my hat, acknowledge that he is driving very well, gelling very well with the team, and just try to use that to benefit me moving forward.”
Ricciardo added, “Learn from him where he is doing things better, use those things to ultimately make me a better driver.”
The large gap between the two so far this year is not only due to the strong form of Norris though, with Ricciardo far from his best more often than not.
“And that is where you may complain about traction or something on the exit of the corner, but a lot of the time it starts at the entry and if you can’t get the car positioned well and do what it wants at the turn in and therefore the apex, then you are kind of playing catch up. And I think what I have initially struggled with is just really committing and getting the car turned in the way I want,” he stated.
Daniel Ricciardo concluded, “Now looking at it, some of my strengths in the past, whether it was the Red Bull or the Renault, was that balancing point of turning in with the brake, and this car at the moment is more sensitive to that, and therefore it requires a bit of a different style in that area. And I would say that’s one thing where I am still working on. It hurts, probably for two reasons mainly, I’m passionate, and I believe I can do it.”