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No sympathy for Ricciardo's struggles, Norris claims

Despite outqualifying his young British teammate, Ricciardo has been open and frank about his race struggles since moving to McLaren. Norris isn't feeling too bad for his new rival, however.

Lando Norris has claimed that he has no sympathy for Daniel Ricciardo, who has spoken out about his early-season struggles since moving to McLaren. The Australian driver moved from Renault to McLaren for 2021, and has thus far endured a period of adjustment at his new team. For Norris however - who partners Ricciardo at McLaren this year - changing teams in F1 is all par for the course. "I don't want to be mean but I don't have sympathy," Norris told RacingNews365 and selected members of the media. "At the end of the day, it was his decision to come to McLaren. It is the decision of any driver to go to a different team and it is up to him to do a good job. "It is as simple as that. It is up to him, it is not up to me to help him or up to me to make him feel better. It is his job. "He will get there eventually but I don't have sympathy for someone if they are struggling or if they are finding it tough. That is just the way it is in life sometimes and I am sure other drivers are having the same thing." McLaren began the season a step above main rivals Ferrari in the race for third in the constructors' championship, but due to Ricciardo's bedding-in period, the team has failed to make full use of its advantage. Norris pointed to being alone on track as an issue and is hoping to be joined in battle regularly by Ricciardo in the fight with the Italian team. "We are still early days. We know he is going to get there eventually so we will still be able to fight strongly," Norris added.

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