Norris and Ricciardo see IndyCar drivers as F1 opponents
Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo don’t view the likes of Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta as threats however see them as potential System 1 opponents in future.
McLaren boss Zak Brown promised O’Ward a run within the Abu Dhabi F1 check after the tip of the season if he wins his first IndyCar race for Arrow McLaren SP this yr, whereas Herta’s victory at St. Petersburg has put his identify within the body for a future seat. With Brown a fan of each IndyCar drivers, Norris isn’t frightened about them being threats at McLaren however desires to see what O’Ward might do in an F1 automobile.
“It could be cool to see Pato anyway in a System 1 automobile and I want them and the American aspect all the very best in attempting to win some races and so forth,” Norris mentioned when requested about O’Ward and Herta by RACER. “It could be cool to see somebody leap from an IndyCar to System 1 and see the variations. I’m certain some issues are possibly simpler and a few issues are in all probability much more troublesome and really completely different, so it could be cool.
“Pato… I don’t assume it’s one in every of our (testing) days let’s say — isn’t it the rookie check that the rookie has to do anyway? Properly they’ll take Daniel’s away, I’ll nonetheless do my days!
“I don’t assume we see them as a menace — we see them as opponents they usually’re a number of the finest guys on this planet, a number of the finest drivers on this planet.
“We’re assured with the place we’re, however I feel it could simply be extra thrilling to see Pato in a System 1 automobile as a result of he’s fairly a personality, so it could be an excellent bunch of enjoyable to see.”
Removed from caring about what O’Ward might do in a McLaren, Ricciardo — who watched a few of final Sunday’s race at St. Pete — is hoping the Mexican might assist him get out of his personal testing duties.
“I’m celebrating — I don’t wish to do the tip of season check in order that’s superior, I’m stoked!” Ricciardo mentioned. “Please, take it. After 23 races the very last thing you wish to do is a post-season check, so I’d love to present somebody the chance, so there you go!
“No, I don’t see them (IndyCar drivers) as threats; I see them as opponents, for certain. I noticed a number of the laps of the race final weekend, and it was cool. The road circuit is so bumpy and it seems enjoyable, and the extent is excessive, completely, there’s no denying that. Are they extraordinarily gifted? Completely. So if any individual desires to have a couple of laps in Abu Dhabi you then’ve acquired my blessing!”