Lando Norris has said there isn’t much more that he can do to help his new McLaren team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo.
The Aussie joined McLaren from Renault at the end of 2020, and he came into the team with great expectations.
He has, however, struggled to get to grips with his new car and Norris has comprehensively outpaced him at most of the grand prix contested so far this season.
Norris said he has been trying to help Ricciardo, as he wants him to succeed at McLaren so they have a better chance of beating Ferrari to P3 in the Constructors’ Championship.
However, the 21-year-old feels there isn’t much more that he can do to help the Aussie, as he already has access to all of his telemetry and other data, and he has been openly discussing the handling of the car in the team’s debriefs.
“I don’t know where else I can help,” Norris said.
“I tell him what I’m feeling, he has all my data, he can see everything that I’m doing, I describe things very well I think in the debriefs. I’m not going to lie.
“But it’s not up to me at the end of the day. Obviously I want him to do well, because we need that for the Championship and we want to beat Ferrari and he needs to do well.
“There’s only so much I can do to help him. He’s a different driver at the end of the day.
“Every driver drives differently to everyone else in the world, and what he feels is different to me and what I feel is different to him. I’m just focusing on myself,” Norris added.
McLaren’s fight with Ferrari for P3 in the standings will continue when Formula 1 returns from its summer break, with the rivals going to Spa level on 163 points each.
Ricciardo recently admitted that 2021 has been his most difficult season in Formula 1, as it is the first time he has struggled week in, week out.