Lando Norris is looking forward to learning from new McLaren teammate Daniel Ricciardo, but admits that their working relationship will be different to how he worked with Carlos Sainz.
The Briton joined Ricciardo - who arrives at the team after two years with Renault - to unveil the squad’s 2021 challenger, the MCL35M, on Monday, and is feeling positive about how he can learn from Ricciardo in the coming season.
With Sainz having been Norris’ only teammate in his Formula 1 career so far, he admits it is positive to have somebody different to learn from, though envisages that he will work differently with Ricciardo.
“He’s a guy who’s been credited, he can win races, he can score podiums,” Norris told RacingNews365.com along with a select number of journalists after the team's car launch. “He’s good in probably every single area. So for me to learn a little bit more from a different driver, get to know someone who has a different approach on things, and not just getting the same habits that you get to know from one particular driver [is] good for me.
“[In] Formula 3 and Formula 4, you sometimes have three or four teammates, so you’re able to work with a lot of different people, whereas Formula 1 and Formula 2 is just one teammate, and it’s a bit harder to know as much. You get used to working with one particular way or style with the other driver.
“[To] learn how he approaches races and his whole mindset of Formula 1 is going to be very interesting. So it’s good for me, I can learn from him. But also it’s going to be a different way of working compared to how I worked with Carlos, in terms of helping the team out and working together as just teammates rather than the way I used to work with things with Carlos.”