Now entering his third season in Formula 1, Lando Norris looked back at his 2020 campaign and called it "strange" for understandable reasons.
Signed by McLaren in 2019, the Brit came into F1 with a stellar resume in the junior formula. Winning almost every championship he competed in, Norris carried that form into F1, helping his team finish third in the constructor's standings in 2020.
"It is strange to think that I will already start my third year in Formula 1 this year, I do not have the feeling that I've already had a true second year," Norris told RacingNews365.com and others.
"When I look back at the 2020 season, I think that I have made the greatest progress especially in the intervening period between the 2019 and 2020 season."
Norris moved on to discus how his approach in 2020 was different to his rookie year, especially with respect to focusing more on his role outside the cockpit.
"During the past season my focus was not always on racing, at least not like in 2019," Norris added. "I was also busy with my engineers, to record things around me more. Like the work during the 'debriefs', the tuning of the car and things like that.
"I think that in Formula 1 it is not only important to improve yourself as a driver, but also to learn things that ultimately ensure that you become more consistent, something in which I definitely improved in 2020. My input to the engineers was also more reliable. I dared to speak out a bit more and not go along with the let's say 'go with the flow' principle."
In only his second season in F1 Norris was able to attain his first podium, though perhaps more impressive is the fact that he finished just eight points behind teammate Carlos Sainz.
"Looking back on the season, I am quite satisfied with my progress, especially with my development outside the track," Norris concluded. "Of course there are still areas for improvement, but all in all I am satisfied with my progress in 2020."