McLaren driver Lando Norris has said he is far off Sir Lewis Hamilton’s level in terms of popularity, especially outside of Formula 1.
The 22-year-old was recently ranked as the second-most popular driver in Formula 1, but he believes he is a long way off fellow Brit and seven-time World Champion, Hamilton.
Speaking to ESPN, Norris said that the popularity that comes with being an F1 driver is sometimes a “bit too much”.
“I’m not Lewis Hamilton still,” says Norris.
“I’m not a seven-time world champion and known for many other things like he is. He’s popular outside of Formula 1 as well. I wouldn’t say I’m anywhere near that level.
“But, of course, with the charts that came out the other day, being the second most popular… there’s a lot of things fans love me for which is different from other drivers.
“It’s okay at the moment. Sometimes it’s a bit too much, but it’s still a nice thing to have.”
Norris has been in exceptional form for McLaren this season, and he currently sits fifth in the Drivers’ Standings with two rounds of the 2021 season remaining.