Lando Norris is going into his third Formula One season, but he isn’t very happy on how his career in the pinnacle of single seater motor racing has turned out so far.
The Belgian-British driver, who finished second in the 2018 Formula 2 Championship, joined the McLaren F1 Team in 2019 and finished 11th in his debut season having secured 49 points.
Norris had his career breakthrough in the 2020 season after qualifying in P3 in the inaugural race, the highest grid position of his career and also McLaren’s highest since the 2016 Austrain GP.
His second season was followed up with a 9th place finish, along with 97 points which helped McLaren finish third in the World Constructors’ Championship last season.
Lando Norris claims he has ‘underachieved’ so far, hopes to rise up the order in the next season
With the target to edge closer to the dominations of Mercedes and Red Bull Racing in the constructor hierarchy, the British team relies on better contributions from Norris and his new but more experienced teammate Daniel Ricciardo.
As for Norris himself, the Briton is none but aiming to leave no stone unturned to improve his driving skills, as he feels he is capable of achieving much more than what he has achieved to date.
“I’m just giving it my all and working as hard as possible to be a better driver, be as far up the order as I can, and that’s purely my mentality,” Norris said in a recent interview.
“No matter what session it is, it’s to do my best, be as high up the order as I can be,” the 21-year-old went on, “and if I’ve not done that, I’m not very happy and quite disappointed in myself as I know what I’m capable of doing and what I’m not capable of doing.
The youngster believes he can achieve far more than what he has grasped from the driver’s seat.
“It’s more often than not I feel like I’ve underachieved and know I’ve not done what I’m capable of doing. It’s trying to reach that target more, reach my own target of being happy with the job I’ve done and being in that group a little more,” Norris added.
Although he described that the next season is going to be the most difficult one yet, Norris has been preparing to lead McLaren into the right direction in the upcoming F1 season, which is scheduled to start from 28th March with the Bahrain Grand Prix.