Uncategorized

Norris rubbishes supposed rift with McLaren F1 teammate Ricciardo – Motorsport.com

Ricciardo and McLaren will part ways at the end of the 2022 season after two years together during which the Italian Grand Prix winner has largely failed to meet expectations.
Both during the struggles and in response to the announcement of Ricciardo’s forthcoming exit, Norris has expressed a lack of a sympathy for the Australian given the decision from McLaren was based on a string of disappointing results.
Speaking last month, he said: “It’s not me having a dig or anything but when you look at the results… if you want two people to be at the same level then you’re not surprised.
“It’s hard to know when to call it, I guess, which is what [McLaren have] done.”
“People will probably hate me for saying it but it’s difficult because I never know if I might encounter that in the future with this car or with a different team or whatever, so I never want to contradict myself going into the future, but I’ve just got to focus on my driving.”
These comments plus a perceived lack of social media interaction between the two compared to the Briton’s close relationship with ex-McLaren teammate Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen, among others, has given rise to conjecture that there is a rift between the duo.
A clip of Ricciardo sat on his own during the most recent Belgian Grand Prix while the other drivers interacted also gained traction earlier this week.
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36, Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren MCL36
Photo by: Alastair Staley / Motorsport Images
But Norris used the Thursday press conference during the Dutch GP weekend to dismiss any notion that the pair are divided.
He said: “I want to be friends with as many people as possible and similar to how I am now with Daniel.
“We get on really well. For some reason people think otherwise, but this is completely untrue.
“We have a lot of fun together, we spend a lot of time together. But just things are different – just because he’s a bit older and he’s into different things.
“He’s not into playing golf and so on. So therefore, you don’t see it as much on social media and whatever.
“But I think our friendship is good and the respect we have for each other, and I’m pretty sure that will continue into the future.”
Norris has previously opened up about his uneasy relationship with social media, having revealed he has been subjected to death threats and online abuse.
Similarly, ahead of the race at Zandvoort, he posted a pre-emptive comment on the status of his romantic relationship with the intention of preventing any further discourse.
Perez and Verstappen to continue running different F1 floors
Alpine keeps on F1 upgrade push as top three teams hold back
Why Perez’s new-era F1 promise has deteriorated into disappointment
Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022
Why Verstappen would have beaten Leclerc without safety car help
McLaren still paying the price for early F1 brake problems
Norris: Monza recovery after issues “one of my best F1 races”
Hamilton’s first experience of turning silver into gold
Brown: F1’s success in the US not dependent on American driver or team
Zak Brown does not believe Formula 1’s success in the United States is dependent on an American driver or team, but he would “love to see it happen.”
Does Tsunoda have what it takes to lead AlphaTauri if Gasly leaves?
News that Yuki Tsunoda will be sticking around at AlphaTauri in 2023 was one of the more expected announcements in Formula 1’s driver market silly season.
F1 cost cap hasn’t put a limit on ideas, says Ferrari
Formula 1’s cost cap may have limited teams in their ability to bring upgrades this year, but it has not put a stop to good ideas, reckons Ferrari.
The time lag of ideas that offers intrigue over F1’s future fight
The pecking order in 2022’s Formula 1 season may look pretty static as the season draws to a close, but the unique nature of the cost cap means that preparation for next season takes precedence. New developments are being pushed back to 2023, which could mask the technical development war ongoing…
The time lag of ideas that offers intrigue over F1’s future fight
The pecking order in 2022’s Formula 1 season may look pretty static as the season draws to a close, but the unique nature of the cost cap means that preparation for next season takes precedence. New developments are being pushed back to 2023, which could mask the technical development war ongoing…
The surprise biggest indicator of Ferrari’s 2022 F1 points downfall
Looking back to the early races of 2022 and Ferrari’s challenge to Red Bull and Max Verstappen was going better than many expected. But it has lost so much ground a surprise rival can even pip Charles Leclerc to runner-up in the standings if given the chance
The F1 podium-finisher that gave Jordan stability in a year of chaos
The Hart-powered Jordan 194 gave the team hope that the good times were just around the corner. Its 1994 steed wasn’t the start of a move up F1’s pecking order – even if the car did earn the Silverstone team a first pole position. But, as STUART CODLING explains, it did provide a platform for Jordan to become a manufacturer-supported squad.
BRM V16: How F1’s greatest sound has returned to the track
The first of three new BRM V16s is bringing the greatest-sounding engine to a new audience – and back to the race track – at the Goodwood Revival this weekend. Here is the story of the ambitious 1950 Formula 1 project’s resurrection for historic competition
The juggling act that makes up an F1 team principal’s weekend
Have you ever wondered what a Formula 1 team principal actually does at a grand prix? GP RACING followed Aston Martin team principal Mike Krack to open a window into the TP’s race weekend world…
The F1 car concept dilemma that Mercedes must answer soon
Mercedes is yet to get on top of its troubled W13 Formula 1 car as it gets set to face its first season of the hybrid era without winning either of the titles. As the time comes to switch focus to the 2023 campaign, Mercedes faces a dilemma on whether or not it should stay the course with its current car philosophy or change tact altogether
Why Perez’s new-era F1 promise has deteriorated into disappointment
OPINION: Having earned a two-year extension to his Red Bull Racing contract, Sergio Perez appeared to have cracked the team’s hoodoo over its second seat. But of late the Mexican’s form relative to Max Verstappen has been disappointing, which could put him at risk of losing the race for third in the drivers’ standings to George Russell.
The late-race safety car issues F1 still needs to fix to move on from Abu Dhabi
OPINION: Formula 1’s safety car rules were thankfully followed in full at the 2022 Italian Grand Prix, but the situation reignited the controversy of the ending to the 2021 campaign in Abu Dhabi and left neutral fans without a teased grandstand finish. This then, is the perfect time to discuss alternatives to a much-maligned situation

source

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

You may also like