Norris has no sympathy for Leclerc’s Ferrari woes

Date published: September 9 2020

Lando Norris

In a poor Ferrari, Charles Leclerc is enduring a difficult 2020 season, but he’s not getting any sympathy from Lando Norris.

The Monegasque driver had a dream first year with the Italian team, winning two races, including one at Monza, and getting the better of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

However, he has been brought back to earth with a bang in 2020. With a car often not quick enough to even make Q3, he has just 45 points and one podium.

Given what he achieved in his debut year though, fellow young driver Lando Norris isn’t sympathetic.

“No, it’s the way it goes,” Norris told Sky Sports.

“Why would I? He experienced wins and podiums last year like not many people ever get to achieve.

“Just because they’re having a worse year because of some circumstances which have played a part and meant they don’t have as good of a car.

“They’re just not achieving what everyone expects them to achieve.”

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Speaking about the Aussie driver, Norris continued the humorous nature of their relationship.

“Since he’s been with Renault he’s made some good overtakes, but nothing which he did in Red Bull,” he joked.

“Anyone who goes in a Red Bull looks like a hero. Pierre [Gasly] has looked like a hero in a Red Bull with his overtaking, Alex [Albon] has, Max [Verstappen], Sebastian [Vettel], Daniel.”

While Norris is widely known as the joker of the grid, he was quick to clarify that despite this, he does take his job seriously, but also wants to enjoy himself.

“Yes I have fun and I make jokes. I think it’s just because it’s so much in contrast to the majority of the other people in the paddock and the majority of people who have been in Formula 1 over the last 10 years or so,” he added.

“F1 is a very professional sport and there’s a lot of money and jobs on the line, and I see that side of it and have to take it seriously.

“But I still want to enjoy my life and not be forced to just frown and nod a cap at you at any point of the day.”

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