McLaren’s Lando Norris says he feels “more relaxed” and “not so nervous” now he knows what to expect in his second season of F1 in 2020.
The Briton enjoyed a solid debut campaign with McLaren in 2019, scoring 49 points to secure P11 in the Championship, and he was very unlucky not to score more.
But he admitted that he went into that season with nerves and insecurities over whether he was good enough for F1, but this time around all those concerns are gone.
“I’m itching to get back in the car, especially this year,” he said in an interview with the McLaren website.
“I was last year, but I was a lot more nervous at this point in 2019 with all the new things I had to contend with: rules, information, strategies, ways of working, everything really.
“Whereas now, I know a lot of this stuff. I feel more relaxed and not so nervous. Instead of wondering whether I’m ready for the first race, this time I know I am and that’s why I’m so excited.
“Formula 1 is such a complex sport, there are so many factors which impact performance, and while you can study them, you cannot properly understand them until you’ve experienced them.
“For example, managing the tyres, knowing when to push and when not to push, and how to respond to a rapidly changing strategy. You’ve got to think about the long game in races and that gets easier with experience.”
One change Norris has made for this year is to cut down on his favourite drink – that being a big glass of milk, and it hasn’t been easy.
“This may come as a bit of a shock, but I’ve tried to stop drinking as much milk,” he admitted.
“It was a big decision. Over the winter, I drank a lot of it! Every meal, every snack, was always with milk. I was getting through so many litres a day and needed to rein things in a bit.
“I’ve been drinking more water instead, but it’s nowhere near as good.”