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Formula 1, Lando Norris response to Daniel Ricciardo split with McLaren, has no sympathy for teammate


McLaren driver Lando Norris says he has no sympathy for teammate Daniel Ricciardo after the Australian’s axing from the Woking squad.

In a video message posted to social media on Wednesday, Ricciardo announced he would depart McLaren at the end of the 2022 season, with the 33-year-old receiving a pay out for the final year remaining on his contract.

Ahead of Sunday night’s Belgian Grand Prix, Norris told reporters he did not owe his partner any pity for what transpired.

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“I don’t feel like you have to have sympathy for any driver because they’ve not been able to do as good a job,” he said.

“People will probably hate me for saying it,” he added.

Ricciardo has been absolutely trounced by Norris this season, scoring only a quarter of the amount of points as him ahead of the competition’s summer break.

Analysing Ricciardo’s qualifying form over the first 12 races, Norris has out-performed him on 10 occasions, with mitigating factors explaining the young Brit’s lack of pace in Spain and Canada.

Because of the sport’s ingrained emphasis on competitiveness and success – and the role this plays in driver turnover – Norris said he needed to focus on himself, rather than his embattled teammate.

“It’s not my job to focus on someone else. I’m not a driver coach,” he said.

“I’m here to perform at my absolute best, and that’s about it. So, it’s difficult when people start to have this expectation that it’s my job to also start doing these other things and helping and describing this and doing that.

“It’s also the case that if I don’t perform well for a few years that it could also be the end of my career and me driving in Formula 1.”

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