“They’re enjoying their lives a lot more” – F1 funnyman Lando Norris has a message for mental health warriors, and reveals the positive impact he has had on his fanbase.
Lando Norris is the darling of Formula 1 at the moment. He is insanely popular off the race track and is complimenting that with impressive performances on the track.
oh wow, Lando Norris and Zak Brown look different here pic.twitter.com/0GHCz61EMI
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His jolly nature hides a lot of the pressure he feels being an A-rated driver, racing for a giant like McLaren. What makes him feel good is the positive impact mentally he is having on his fanbase, as revealed to ESPN.
“I was different to a lot of Formula One drivers, being open about everything really, being a bit more fun, a bit more jokey, probably more just like a normal person rather than some robot walking around the paddock. I guess people already like that and it cheered a lot of people up, me having fun and seeing someone joyful and making people laugh.
“Every now and then I scroll through messages I get on Instagram just from random people, different people around the world who have messaged me. A lot of them are about them suffering from mental health, especially in the last year and a bit with COVID-19 – that’s something people have struggled with a lot more.
“I was getting messages from people saying how I’d impacted them and how me being me … how I’d changed their lives or, I guess as deep as saying, they were thinking about suicide and stuff like that, saying how I’d had an impact on changing that, saying they’re enjoying their lives a lot more.
“Seeing a lot of those messages and learning about that made me realize I can use my platform a lot more to speak up about it because it’s things I’ve struggled with in the past, and [it’s about] knowing and learning how much of a difference I can have on people around the world.
“That’s when I started speaking out about it a bit more and realizing that maybe it’s not always the nicest thing to talk about, but it’s something where I can help a lot of other people out.”