LANDO NORRIS is set for a new team-mate next season after McLaren announced Daniel Ricciardo will leave the team.
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Lando Norris has claimed he is “not fussed” on who will be his new McLaren team-mate to replace Daniel Ricciardo. Norris said he was looking forward to a new challenge but admitted he was unsure about working with a younger driver in a blow to Oscar Piastri.
The Briton revealed he would “feel weird” being the more mature driver in the team if Ricciardo’s replacement was a young rookie. Piastri snubbed Alpine’s offer of an F1 drive after it emerged he was embroiled in talks with a seat at McLaren, making him the favourite to replace Ricciardo.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Norris explained: “I’m really not fussed. As long as it’s someone I can enjoy spending time with and I can work together with well then I’m happy. Yeah I don’t know who yet, I just look forward to it.
“Of course it will be a new challenge, many differences. If it is someone younger then I will probably feel weird like I’m the older guy and more mature guy in the team which I never feel like. I don’t know yet.”
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Lando Norris is ‘not fussed’ who replaces Daniel Ricciardo (Image: Getty / Sky Sports F1)
It is understood Ricciardo had been told he was leaving the team after the Hungarian Grand Prix. The former Red Bull star took to social media on Wednesday to claim he still loves the sport and has the “fire” to continue in F1 if a seat became available.
Norris praised Ricciardo’s role at the team and admitted he had held talks with the Australian to offer support. He added: “I’ve still managed to learn a lot from him over the past few years. He’s still a guy who is extremely talented.
“I have a huge amount of respect for, I’ve learned a lot from. And I’ve also enjoyed working with someone like that, someone whose won races and scored a lot more podiums than I have.
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“There’s some things, we always talk what our feelings are. What he feels and what I feel and so on. Turning a feeling into actually doing something on track is not as simple as going out and doing it.
“I don’t know. It’s not my job at the end of the day, I focus on myself, I do what I can and I do the best job I can do for the team.”
After Ricciardo’s departure was confirmed, McLaren boss Zak Brown claimed the team were “very confident” about their F1 future. Meanwhile, Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer has suggested the debate over Piastri’s F1 future could still end up in court.