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Norris: Ricciardo impacted mental approach to racing

Lando Norris has detailed how he "struggled a lot" with the mental side of F1, and how Daniel Ricciardo helped both on and off the track.

Lando Norris believes he has learned a "hell of a lot" in the two years he was teammates with Daniel Ricciardo at McLaren. The Briton has paid tribute to his departing colleague, who will take up a seat as third driver at Red Bull in 2023. "It's been an honour, it's been a lot of fun," said Norris in an interview with ESPN . "[He's] one of the funniest guys and also nicest guys I would say in the paddock. I have not met everyone but I'll be biased in saying that." Ricciardo is one of a few drivers on the grid to be a multiple race winner and, while Norris has secured a handful of podiums, the first victory still eludes him. Norris added: "I've still been able to learn a hell of a lot from Daniel. His approach to racing, his mentality with it all, [you] see in the tough times how he keeps so strong with it all and has so much belief in himself."

Norris 'struggled with a lot' with mental side of F1

Norris says the mental aspect of being an F1 driver is something that he has "struggled with a lot" in the past, with Ricciardo's approach being able to help him both on and off the track. He explained: "That's something I struggled a lot with when I came into F1 and something I've been able to learn a lot from him over the past couple of years. "But even on the driving side, how he drives the car in many ways. Like you can see those instances of what's made him so good, and I guess I've tried to take them on board. "It's not an easy thing to do but the more I've been able to learn from him, the better I've become and that's certainly a good thing for me."

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