Lando Norris says it’s “nice” to see Mercedes struggle, because “with Lewis you are seeing the challenge of one of the best drivers competing in a car that is not the best”.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, McLaren’s Lando Norris gave his thoughts on Mercedes’ struggles in 2022.
“In a way it is nice to see that Mercedes don’t always have success,” the Briton 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. And 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.
“With Lewis [Hamilton] 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.”
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Norris then added it’s wrong to say Lewis’ success over the years was only down to the car.
“I don’t think you can say it is all about the car, rather than Lewis’ ability,” he explained.
“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 [Lewis] is,” Norris concluded.