“I still feel pressure from them” – Lando Norris speaks out on his chemistry with McLaren CEO Zak Brown and team principal Andreas Seidl.
Lando Norris is in the form of his life, leading the McLaren team in their battle for 3rd with Ferrari. And this is despite the presence of senior pro Daniel Ricciardo, who’s had a sluggish first season so far with the team.
One reason why Norris is thriving is his immense chemistry with his team, especially Zak Brown and Andreas Seidl. He likes the fact that they support him wholly, but don’t shy away from constructive criticism, when needed.
“I think it’s been hugely important. Having them support you in tough times and criticise you when you need to be criticised.
“It’s not all about trying to make you feel good but telling you the truth and tell you: ‘You’ve just got to be better in this area, and you’ve got to be better in this area’.
“But they just want to help you as well, it’s not like all you have to do is impress them. They also want to help you do a better job and maximise yourself.
“And it’s definitely helped me progress quicker, become a better driver. I still feel pressure from them, so it’s not like it’s easy and we’re best mates or whatever and I can get away with everything.
“They’re still my bosses and I don’t want to make mistakes; I don’t want to make them look bad. And I’ve still got a job at the end of the day where I have to perform and go out and do a very good job.
“It’s also in those tougher times or the times you struggle, or the times you need that kick up the arse to go and do a better job in whatever area, that they give you that. And I think it’s a very good combination of these types of things that they’re able to help on.”