Lando Norris would be fully on board with trying out life on two wheels one day, after a visit to watch MotoGP recently.
Norris and McLaren team-mate Oscar Piastri were in the paddock for the British Grand Prix in MotoGP at Silverstone, and both were spotted in garages speaking to riders and sitting on bikes at different times.
Piastri incurred the wrath (or parental concern) of his mother for doing so given the added danger of riding on a motorcycle, but Norris would be up for the challenge of trying life on a bike in future.
Lando Norris: MotoGP ‘definitely more bonkers than F1’
Given the significant differences involved in the racing between Formula 1 and MotoGP, not least the distinct lack of protection for those riding the motorcycles compared to within an F1 cockpit, Norris admitted the riders would “laugh” at him because of it.
Because of how tightly protected he is in his position, it’s highly unlikely he’ll be allowed to take part in two-wheel racing any time soon, but that is not stopping the McLaren driver from wanting to give it a go at some point.
“It’s crazy, man, these guys are bonkers. Definitely more bonkers than F1,” Norris said on a video for Quadrant on YouTube.
“It looks quick on TV, but you have to watch it live. I’m wrapped up in a nice little car – and they’re just out there. They would probably laugh I’ve got a seatbelt on.
“It’s different, they’re a bit quick on the straight, but we’re a hundred times quicker in a corner.
“I want to do it myself, I would just have to not tell anyone I was doing it! 100 per cent I would have a go, but I’d not go straight to MotoGP. That would be the end of me.
“Thing is, every corner you could get hit. It’s insane, it gets quicker every time I come back.”
John Surtees is the only person to have won World Championships on two and four wheels, a four-time champion on motorcycles before moving into Formula 1 and winning the 1964 World title as a Ferrari driver.