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Lando Norris

Norris curious about 2022 cars: Everyone will have to change driving style

Lando Norris has said that he feels some curiosity heading into 2022, as he reckons every driver will have to change their driving style.

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McLaren's Lando Norris believes that all of the F1 drivers will go through a period of adaptation in 2022, as driving styles will have to change to suit the new cars.

With F1 tearing up the rulebook to introduce cars of a completely different aerodynamic philosophy for this season, Norris said that there is some trepidation on his side as it's the first big car change since he entered Formula 1 in 2019.

"Yeah, definitely," he told select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com.

He explained that the rules aren't likely to define his level of comfort with the car, as the driving controls themselves and the particular methods of manufacture won't change.

"A lot of other things that allow you to be comfortable are more on [the] internal side of it," he said.

"Some of it, if you need confidence under braking, it doesn't always mean that the car's not good under braking – it can be the brake pedal that you have, and your feeling with the brake pedal.

"Is it too soft? Is it too stiff? You know when you're about to lock up and things like that so, with a lot of it, the car and how it's all built is going to be the same but, because the cars are gonna be so different, I've got no idea how it's going to be."

"I have question marks"

With pre-season testing starting next month, and the first chance for the field to drive the all-new F1 machinery, Norris said he is wondering about how different it'll feel when he peels out of the pits.

"I don't know if I'll be really good with it, or I'll struggle a little bit with it," he admitted.

"I think it's going to be the same case for everyone; everyone is going to have to adapt because it's so different.

"No-one's driving style today is probably going to be one that you can just jump into next year and do exactly the same, you will have to change a little bit.

"[I'm] not nervous, not like nerves or anything, but some question marks and [thinking] how are you going to have to drive?

"Is it going to be a driving style that suits me, like one that I'm natural with or one that I'm going to have to adapt to?"

In contrast to Norris' comments, newly-crowned World Champion Max Verstappen has said that he isn't concerned about having to alter his driving style as he feels he doesn't have a specific way of driving.

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