McLaren driver and Daniel Ricciardo teammate Lando Norris asserts that he has no sympathy to offer for the leaving Australian.
Lando Norris was talking to the reporters ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix where he revealed the brutal and unforgiving nature of the sport.
“I don’t feel like, for any driver on the grid, you would have to feel, or have sympathy, for them because they’ve not been able to do as good of a job,”
he explained, describing the self-centered nature role of a racing driver.
When asked if he had sympathy for Daniel Ricciardo and the ways things turned out, he was indubitable
“I hate to say it, but I would say no,”
“People will probably hate me for saying it.
“And it’s difficult because I never know if I might encounter that in the future with this car or a different team, or whatever. So, I never want to contradict myself going into the future.
“I’ve just got to focus on my driving and my job. It’s not my job to focus on someone else and I’m not a driver coach. I’m not here to help and do those kinds of things.”
On Wednesday, Daniel Ricciardo announced that he will be leaving McLaren at the end of the current 2022 season. He stated that he reached mutual consent with the team for ending the contract.
It is believed that Ricciardo was offered a heavy payoff for leaving the team.
Norris has alone carried McLaren’s team this season. Lando Norris has outperformed teammate Daniel Ricciardo by a whopping 76 to 19 points. The results clearly display how badly Ricciardo is suffering with his form this year.
“It’s not a car I feel I’ve been able to jump into and flow with and perform exactly how I want. At the beginning of the year. Daniel was performing better than I was in the pre-season tests and stuff,”
“It looked like he could go out naturally and drive the car how he wanted to and I just had to learn a new way of driving compared to how I’ve been driving the past few years. So, I feel like I’ve had to do a job of adapting and so has he.
“But I don’t feel like for any driver on the grid you would have to feel, or have sympathy for them because they’ve not been able to do as good of a job.”
it is still unclear where Ricciardo will head to after his axing. Alpine and Haas are looking at his best options at the moment. Daniel Ricciardo is yet to make an official announcement on his next adventure in the sport.
The Australian has clarified that he has no intentions of leaving Formula 1.
Where can Daniel Ricciardo possibly go? What are his options for his future?
We might know soon.
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