Lando Norris says he looks forward to a partnership with Oscar Piastri, who will join the McLaren F1 team in 2023.
McLaren confirmed last weekend that Oscar Piastri would join the team for 2023 following a decision by its contract approvals committee.
Oscar Piastri became Lando Norris’ third team-mate at McLaren, alongside Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo (who will leave the team at the end of 2022) for two seasons each.
Lando Norris will be the team’s most experienced driver for the first time in his F1 career, but doesn’t expect many changes.
“I don’t think it’s a big change, to be honest,” Lando Norris told Sky F1.
“I keep doing what I’m doing. I’m confident and happy where I am.”
“I look forward to working with new people. It’s a different job. You have to talk to each other in different ways and understand each other in different ways.”
“It’s going to be a big challenge for me and a new challenge for me and the whole team. I’m looking forward to it.”
“I don’t know Oscar very well. I’ve only spoken to him a few times. But he’s clearly a great talent and a good driver. I’m looking forward to it. But it’s still six months away. ‘is approximately
Lando Norris also said Daniel Ricciardo’s departure from McLaren has not dampened the team’s spirit and that Ricciardo remains determined to help the team in 2022.
“From Daniel’s side, I still think it’s great,” Lando Norris said.
“From what I’ve seen in my life so far, I can understand when people try, sometimes people are lazy.”
“You can see how Daniel understands everything and puts in the time and effort to be faster.”
“Everyone is still motivated and I think Daniel is probably as motivated as ever to be at his best and have a good run with the team.”
“That’s what I want to do as a driver and prove myself. It’s always fun and the mechanics love it.”
“The team is full of energy. It’s tough and we don’t want to fight for 10th and 12th, but we’ve also seen glimpses of ‘if we improve a bit we can get here’. I am convinced that in the future we will be able to do so.