McLaren "very proud" of Norris mental health work

Luke Smith
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Norris built on an impressive rookie season in 2019 by almost doubling his points tally this year, as well as scoring his maiden F1 podium at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Off-track, Norris helped raise money for charity during lockdown through his gaming livestreams, and helped further the discussion surrounding mental health in motorsport as part of McLaren’s partnership with the charity Mind.

Norris also explained to Motorsport.com in the summer how he was “struggling a lot” mentally through his first year in F1.

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35<span class="copyright">Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images</span>
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

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The British driver told Motorsport.com that he found it “much easier” to feel confident in his preparations heading into race weekends for his second season, but did note the added expectations that rookies do not face.

“From a confidence level perspective, it’s been much easier, and I’ve been able to come in a lot more prepared to races and with a lot more confidence and a better idea of what to do,” Norris said.

“But there’s also a lot of things which are still very tough, no matter if you are in your second season, just because of the perspective of things has changed.

“When you come in as a rookie, people see you as a rookie, so when you make these little mistakes, it’s not the end of the world, as you’ll improve it for next year.

“When you come in in your second year, they don’t expect to see these things any more, or a lot less than what they saw.

“You have this kind of different pressure of having more expectation in some ways, and you need to perform on that next level, which in a lot of circumstances, I’ve managed to do, with my  race pace and so on. But there’s still things which are very tough.”