Lando Norris says “fresh ideas” from Daniel Ricciardo and the Aussie’s experience in winning races will help McLaren move forward this season.
Ricciardo moves to McLaren as a seven-time Grand Prix winner with Red Bull Racing and after two seasons with Renault.
The 31-year-old therefore boasts a wealth of experience, a trait that differs Ricciardo from Carlos Sainz, the man he has replaced at the Woking-based outfit.
Norris believes his new teammate’s different characteristics will only provide value to McLaren.
“It’s going to be very good,” Norris told Motorsport.com. “[Ricciardo] is going to give a different perspective on a lot of things.
“I’m sure some comments are going to be similar to Carlos, because Carlos drove the Renault, and probably a lot of characteristics are similar.
“A lot of things Carlos talked about sometimes were when he drove a Renault, things were like this, and the team acted like this and different circumstances.
“A lot of knowledge that drivers have, and something that I learned from Carlos, is knowledge of how he worked with other teams.
“With Daniel, working with Red Bull a bit more and knowing how to win races and how a team wins races and the car he needs for that. I think that’s something Carlos doesn’t have.
“That’ll be very good for when Daniel comes in, giving those fresh ideas and helping the team move forward. I think it’s very good.”
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While Ricciardo’s experience and input will benefit McLaren, the Australian driver will also prove a tough rival for Norris.
But the 21-year-old is ready to confront the challenge head on and relishes the opportunity to take on a genuine Grand Prix winner.
“It’s nice for me to work with someone different and learn some things,” Norris said.
“But also to go up against a driver who has won races and people say is one of the best on the grid, it’s a good chance for me to compare myself against him, and just work with him as a race winner.”
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