Lando Norris has admitted he has no sympathy for McLaren team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, insisting he needs to “focus on my car and my job”.
Ricciardo has announced he is leaving McLaren a year earlier than expected after agreeing to end his contract via social media and will be replaced by fellow Aussie Oscar Piastri in 2023.
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With Ricciardo now facing an uncertain future in the sport, Norris gave a merciless ride when asked how he felt about his team-mate’s exit.
“For any driver on the grid, I don’t feel you can feel or blame them for not doing a good job,” Norris told reporters ahead of Belgium. GP.
When asked whether Britannia has any sympathy for Ricardo, he responds with a scathing tone.
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“I hate to say it, but I’m going to say no,” Norris said.
“People might hate me for saying it.
“And it’s hard because I don’t want to challenge myself in the future because I don’t know if I’m going to face this car or a different team or something.
“I have to focus on driving and my work. It is not my job to focus on anyone else and I am not a driving coach. I am not here to help and do those things.
A number of F1 teams are expected to bid for Ricciardo’s services next season, with the Aussie claiming he still has the fire in him to compete at the highest level.
But he did not hide that he will not stand in the sport for the sake of the sport.