McLaren driver Lando Norris is quite happy about the prospect of seeing a “different side” of Lewis Hamilton and claimed that it was “nice to see” Mercedes struggling to compete so far.
The Silver Arrows may well have amassed a stunning eight constructors’ titles in a row, but their journey to a ninth title has been hit with stark resistance from Ferrari and Red Bull this season.
No team is expected to receive a major upgrade to its engine any time soon and Mercedes enters the third round of the season without the ‘favourites’ tag after a long time.
“In a way, it is nice to see that Mercedes don’t always have success,” Norris said.
“It shows that even when you have had that success, you can still get things wrong. It is easy to get things wrong.
“Much as I hate to say it, it is good to see Ferrari up there. It is reassuring for other teams to know it is still possible. If it were just Mercedes and Red Bull again, it would be so predictable.”
Norris backs Hamilton’s experience to rescue him
Hamilton may not have a car that is ready to challenge for the title yet, but Norris believes his experience will play a crucial part.
“With Lewis, you are seeing the challenge of one of the best drivers competing in a car that is not the best.
“We will see a different side of Lewis, compared to the last decade.
“But I don’t think you can say it is all about the car, rather than Lewis’ ability. He has still been against very good drivers, such as Fernando [Alonso] in his first year, and then went on to achieve what everyone expected of him.
“I just don’t believe in the last few years he has had quite the challenge that he could have had, or maybe that he had against [Nico] Rosberg.
“Perhaps we will see that against George [Russell]. I don’t think anything takes away the driver he is.”