McLaren accept Norris may make “rookie mistakes” in debut F1 season | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown says the team will be patient with Lando Norris is he makes “rookie mistakes” during his debut Formula 1 season.

What they say

Brown said McLaren is going through a period of transition which could make Norris’s debut this year more challenging:

We are going to give Lando time. In our expectations, I think it’s a high-pressure environment and the first thing that everyone does in Formula 1 is compare to their team mate. We know Carlos [Sainz Jnr] is an extremely quick, experienced race car driver. Your first measure is ultimately against your team mate so we expect them to race each other hard, race each other cleanly and for sure they need to get the measure of each other from time to time. That will be the first test and then we want to make sure we see them develop.

We recognise he’s going to make some rookie mistakes, we recognise he’s going to be at race tracks he’s never been to before and we’re in a rebuilding process. It’s one thing to jump into a team that’s rebuilding versus maybe jumping into a championship calibre car so we know he’s got a difficult task ahead and we’re going to be patient, work with him, as I think we did with Stoffel. Stoffel raced two years with us so I think McLaren has a pretty good history of sticking with their drivers. Obviously some have done one-year terms but that’s not our expectations on an outcome with Lando.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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