Lando Norris acknowledges that while he wants to “thrash” Carlos Sainz, that is “very unlikely to happen” given his team-mate’s wealth of F1 experience.
Norris will contest his debut F1 campaign this season, handed a race drive by McLaren.
The Woking team is sporting an all-new line up with Norris and Sainz replacing Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.
Norris, who finished runner-up in last year’s Formula 2 championship, is determined to prove he is “worthy” of being an F1 driver and acknowledges that the best way to do that it to beat his team-mate.
That though, he says, is highly unlikely.
“I need to do well and show I’m a worthy driver in F1,” he told Crash.net.
“I guess for every driver the aim is to beat their team-mate.
“In the ideal world, if I was perfect, I’d be able to beat every team-mate that I have, in every race.
“That’s very unlikely to happen, I’m not going to be in that situation.
“There’s things I’m going to need to learn from Carlos and different drivers and improve as a driver.
“There’s definitely going to be things that I’m not very good at, things I can improve.
“Of course I want to be able to beat him in some races but it’s very unlikely someone will thrash their team-mate every race.
“It’s my learning year, first year of hopefully many.
“I want to do well but I need to learn and make progress to become a better driver.
“In the ideal world I will be able to do well and beat everyone in every race but that’s just a vision.”