McLaren driver Lando Norris said that he was annoyed being called inexperienced, saying it was never an excuse he wanted to use.
Norris had a great 2021 in what was only his third season in F1. He took four podium finishes, including a P2 at the Italian GP. He finished sixth overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings to cap off his best season in the sport.
However, he is relatively new to F1 compared to a lot of his colleagues on the grid. His teammate, to use the most obvious example, is a veteran of the sport. The contrast between the two could be seen at times during the season.
In spite of it, Norris revealed that he gets annoyed when people call him inexperienced, saying it is not something to hide behind.
“I always hate to leave an excuse as ‘lack of experience’,” he said, as quoted by Planet F1.
“Like, saying ‘oh, I’m just not as experienced’ is such an easy thing to use, and I’d hate to say lack of experience.
“I hate having to say that sometimes, and I didn’t want to believe that having that break in the winter and coming back knowing everything a bit more subconsciously is going to make much difference.”
“But also, because I’ve never done more than one season in any category since starting in cadets, it was hard for me to know the differences through the years,” the Englishman continued.
“I’m very happy at least with the progress I made from last season working on those weak areas, I think I turned some of those into strengths.
“Some of them still need some work but overall, we’ve done a much better job. The other things I did well was especially the first half being very strong. I think we came out at the start of the season extremely strong and I think we maximised what we did very well.
“We maximised every opportunity we had to get onto the podiums to make the most of other people’s penalties and stuff.”